Domingo Santana Needs to Hit the Ground Running for the Cleveland Indians This Year

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Earlier this week, our own Mark Warmuth flagged a significant question all MLB teams will face this summer.

How patient can you afford to be with a struggling player when the season is cut in half?

As noted in the article, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is usually one to let his players try to hit their way out of funks, no matter how ugly they get. However, with the league proposing an 82-game schedule for this summer, time won’t be on his side. It certainly makes you wonder what kind of leash Francona will provide for someone slumping at the plate.

When considering which Indians players this may impact the most, Domingo Santana is the first to come to mind. Cleveland’s offseason pickup has more than a few things working against him this season, all of which hammer home how important it is for him to avoid a slow start.

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Casey Drottar is an Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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