TAMPA, Fla. - Johan Santana isn't going to help the Baltimore Orioles immediately. Santana signed an incentive-laden minor league deal with the Orioles Tuesday.
Santana will report Wednesday, and Baltimore has set a June 1 goal for his return to the majors.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star is projected as a starter, according to manager Buck Showalter.
"I'm hoping we get five starters who pitch so well we don't need it," Showalter said.
Santana will probably stay in Florida when the Orioles head north. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 and is a year removed from his second surgery on his left shoulder.
Some have suggested that the 34-year-old Santana should go to the bullpen. Showalter isn't so sure.
"I don't see that. I see him as a starter right now. With necessity, you never know. I think he'd stand up better physically that way. I hope he's pitching at Norfolk at some point. We've got to map that out, the progression and what's happening. He's got a locker and a number," Showalter said.
"I'm excited. I think it's great," Showalter said. "I'm not going to say it's a no lose proposition. There are things you lose, but it makes a risk worth taking."
Santana will work with trainer Chris Correnti, with whom he worked when he was with the Mets.
HERE'S ROBERTS: Brian Roberts was wearing No. 14 in pinstripes. He singled and walked in his two at-bats against his former team.
The Orioles did not re-sign Roberts, and in December he signed with the New York Yankees.
Roberts, who had a great career in Baltimore but was hurt for most of the last four years when he earned $40 million in his contract, isn't bitter about his parting.
"No. No. I had 15 incredible years of my life there. Why would I be angry? There is no point in living that way. I'm grateful and thankful for every day that I had there. At some point, it was going to come to an end," Roberts said. "That organization, and that team and our fans and the city have been great to me and my family and I have nothing but praise for every one of them," Roberts said.
"I knew going into the offseason it was a possibility, and I told everyone I was fine with it if that was the case. I don't know all the circumstances behind it. Did I want to spend my entire career there? Sure, that probably would have been my number one choice, but sure. But, that doesn't always work out."
CHEN STRUGGLES: Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs on five hits in two innings in the Orioles' 3-2 win over the Yankees before 8,724 at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
It was Chen's first start of the spring, and his first since October surgery on his left knee.
"It does feel somewhat different but I don't know how to describe different how. Compared to last year, I do feel a little more comfortable when I was pitching. So, I was happy about the result. and tried to make my pitches and not to think about that...I just feel comfortable right now," Chen said through his interpreter.
He walked one and struck out one.
Josh Stinson, Evan Meek, Brad Brach, Ryan Webb, Kelvin De La Cruz and Brock Huntzinger combined for seven scoreless innings.
COMING UP: The Orioles play Minnesota at Fort Myers Wednesday night. Chris Tillman, Zach Britton and Steve Johnson are the scheduled pitchers for Baltimore. Mike Pelfrey, Scott Diamond, Glen Perkins and Jared Burton are pitching for the Twins. ... The Orioles will try out instant replay for the first time Wednesday.