GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After starting in his first Cactus League appearance Monday against the Giants, Hector Santiago is scheduled to follow Jose Quintana to the mound Saturday against the Reds.
It does not appear that Santiago is going to start the 2013 season as part of the rotation, with John Danks well on his way to recovery from Aug. 6 arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. But Santiago continues to follow a routine that will stretch him out.
"I'm ready for anything," said Santiago, who will throw either two or three innings behind Quintana's two. "I thought I was starting [Saturday] and I came in and saw it, and it was, 'OK, I'm in relief, but I'm starting in my head.' It's kind of doing the best of both.
This starter preparation for Santiago included throwing a bullpen on Wednesday.
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