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Despite planned rest, Santiago expected to start again

Despite planned rest, Santiago expected to start again

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Despite planned rest, Santiago expected to start again

CHICAGO -- Hector Santiago's weekend rest against the Tigers doesn't mean his 2013 season is complete. Despite throwing a career-high 142 2/3 innings, manager Robin Ventura said Wednesday that the left-hander will get another start.

"He'll miss a turn if everybody is good," Ventura said. "If for some reason something comes up, then he'll probably take it. If everyone is OK, he'll get a rest."

Andre Rienzo, Chris Sale and Erik Johnson are scheduled to pitch this weekend, with Jose Quintana pitching Monday in the makeup game against the Blue Jays. Ventura said none of those pitchers had an issue, but nothing was concrete, whereas Santiago couldn't move back into the rotation to pitch at Comerica Park.

"If something happens, and I'm not saying anything has happened," Ventura said. "I'm just saying if it does, then he will stay in the spot."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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