Orioles Notebook: Santana suffers season-ending injury

BALTIMORE — Johan Santana was nearing a rehab start with one of the Orioles' minor-league affiliates.

Now, that won't be happening.

The 35-year-old tore his Achilles tendon during an extended spring training game on Friday. Santana was hit with a line drive and then stumbled attempting to field the ball.

Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette announced that Santana is out for the season. Santana signed a minor-league contract with Baltimore on March 4.

Duquette said he had hoped that the two-time Cy Young award winner would provide some veteran leadership and be like a mid-season acquisition for Baltimore. However, that will not be the case.

"An unfortunate injury for the team and for Johan, and we wish Johan the best, but there will be some challenges in this recovery," Duquette said. "I know the rehab is significant for these tendon injuries and we'll have to get with him and speak to him, but he won't be able to pitch for the Orioles this season."

Santana's contract was selected by Baltimore on Monday and he was placed on the major-league 15-day disabled list. He hadn't pitched in the majors since 2012, and he'll now have to decide whether to go through another rehab stint or perhaps retirement.

FLURRY OF MOVES: A day after starter Chris Tillman failed to record an out in the second inning, the Orioles made several roster moves to replenish their bullpen and fill in for an injured Miguel Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, who has a strained right oblique, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The move was backdated to May 31.

Kevin Gausman arrived in Baltimore Friday but was not activated. He will start Saturday's game against Oakland.

In Gausman's previous stint with the Orioles this season, he gave up five runs on six hits in four innings and taking the loss against Detroit on May 14.

Because Baltimore had to use five relievers, it needed some fresh arms for Friday's game. Tim Berry was called up from Class-AA Bowie and Evan Meek was recalled from Class-AAA Norfolk.

Preston Guilmet was sent down to Norfolk.

Berry, a 23-year-old left-handed starter, is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 11 starts for the Baysox this year after a stellar season at High Class-A Frederick last year. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the plan is for Berry to return to Bowie after being available in the bullpen Friday night.

Meek is 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA in 12 relief appearances this season. He made the Opening Day roster, but hadn't pitched in Baltimore since May 1.

Guilmet was 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in nine appearances. He excelled in his first five outings, but had given up at least a run in each of his last four appearances.

To make room for Meek on the 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred Rule 5 draft pick infielder Michael Almanzar to the 60-day disabled list.

JOHNSON RETURNS: Jim Johnson returned to Camden Yards on Friday for the first time since being traded from the Orioles to the Athletics on Dec. 3. Johnson spent two years as the Baltimore closer, picking up 101 saves during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

"A lot of memories," Johnson said before Friday's game. "It's obviously different going into a different clubhouse."

The 30-year-old was drafted by the Orioles in 2001 and spent the first eight years of his major-league career in Baltimore, pitching to a 3.28 ERA in 383 appearances.

DRAFT DAY: The Orioles made their first pick in the 2014 first-year player draft on Friday, selecting left-handed pitcher Brian Gonzalez from Archbishop McCarthy High School (Fla.) in the third round at No. 90 overall.

Baltimore had no picks on the first day after losing its first-round pick by signing Ubaldo Jimenez, trading its competitive balance pick to Houston for Bud Norris, and losing its second-round pick by signing Nelson Cruz.

Gonzalez was the first of five straight pitchers selected by the Orioles, most notably Pat Connaughton from Notre Dame. Connaughton excelled at both baseball and basketball for the Fighting Irish.

The Orioles finished the day with five pitchers, two infielders, and an outfielder through 10 rounds.

"We went in with a good plan and based on our situation this year, we drafted into the strength of the draft," Orioles Director of Scouting Gary Rajsich said. "We were real happy with what we came away with."