Willie Santana, the rookie center fielder for the New York Dragons, will miss today’s opening day game against the Ohio Oxen after tripping on a tarp while heading onto the field prior to today’s game.
The speedy 23-year-old Cuban caught his foot on the tarp as grounds crew were clearing it off the field following a rain shower earlier in the day. New York was about to take to the field for pre-game warmups.
Santana had not been slated to start the game, but is considered a bench asset as he not only plays the outfield positions, but first base as well. Fellow Cuban Tony Cruz is expected to start in center and Pedro Rosario will start at first base.
Last year, with AA-level Sacramento, Santana played 30 games, batting .291 with 10 steals, and scoring 15 runs. He is expected to miss three games with an ankle injury.
Teammates on the Dragons have purportedly nicknamed the clumsy bench player “Slippy Santana”.