Anel De Los Santos, who was supposed to be the Quakes’ starting catcher this season, hasn’t yet played for the team and he won’t be catching any time soon.
De Los Santos took a foul tip off his hand in the exhibition game against Azusa Pacific and wasn’t initially placed on the disabled list. But after his progress “plateaued” according to manager Keith Johnson he was placed on the DL.
De Los Santos, considered to be better defensively than offensively is catching bullpens, but is still feeling pain in his throwing hand. He underwent an MRI on the hand, but everything checked out OK. But until the pain subsides, De Los Santos won’t take the next step, which would be to take batting practice and throw for several days in a row without pain.
In the meantime, Beau Brooks has been the main starter. Brooks was batting just .139 (5 for 36) with no home runs and four RBIs entering Friday.