7/5/2014 1:36 A.M. ET
Santana living out father's dream with Astros
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- The fact Domingo Santana was traded to the Astros three years ago came with a certain amount of irony, considering his father, also named Domingo Santana, was signed by the Astros as a teenager by legendary scout Julio Linares, referred to by Latin players as "El Capitan."
Santana's father's career, which began as outfielder and ended as a pitcher, didn't quite work out as well as that of his son, who was called up by the Astros earlier this week. He's one of the team's top prospects and started in right field Friday night against the Angels.
"After he got released and stuff, he went back to St. Thomas [U.S. Virgin Islands] where he had a sister and he just stayed there," Santana said of his father. "He got me a visa so I could go over there and get a better life and so I could learn English."
Santana, who was born in the Dominican Republic, spent much of his childhood in St. Thomas, beginning with kindergarten and ending after his first year of high school. It was at that point he quit school and went back to the Dominican to begin working out at the Phillies' academy there.
His mother, Aida Maria Caraballo Santana, lives in Yonkers, N.Y., and Domingo also spent a few months living there shortly after he signed with Philadelphia. His mother is currently in Anaheim watching the Astros play the Angels.
"All my brothers and sisters are from St. Thomas, and I know a lot of people there are cheering for me in St. Thomas, and that's really cool," he said. "It's a nice place. It's like the Dominican in that it's an island and you get to see a lot of beaches and stuff and it's very cool. The beaches are fantastic. Everything is beautiful out there."
Porter, Corporan exchange words in dugout
ANAHEIM -- Astros manager Bo Porter declined to elaborate on what happened after television cameras caught him arguing with catcher Carlos Corporan in the fourth inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss to the Angels.
Corporan struck out looking in the fourth and argued briefly with plate umpire Angel Hernandez. The catcher appeared to exchange words with Porter at the top of the dugout, and Corporan threw his helmet into the dugout.
Porter and Corporan kept arguing in the dugout before Jose Altuve stepped in and created some space between the two.
"What happens between me and my players during the game will always stay between me and my players," Porter said when asked about the incident.
An inning later, Porter and Corporan were spotted sitting together and talking in the dugout, with Porter putting his right arm around the catcher.
Fields happy to be back in Astros bullpen
ANAHEIM -- The good news for relief pitcher Josh Fields is the right forearm soreness that kept him on the disabled list for 16 games wasn't nearly as problematic as a similar issue he had last year, when he was out nearly two months with a forearm strain.
Fields was activated from the disabled list late Thursday, thankful to once again be healthy and eager to contribute to the bullpen.
"I thank the Lord it wasn't too serious and I wasn't out like I was last season for two months," he said. "Hopefully, I can keep it under control and finish out the season."
Fields was pitching well prior to getting injured. Since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 14, he had posted a 1.17 ERA in 14 outings covering 15 1/3 innings with 22 strikeouts, while allowing just 10 hits and three walks.
"Like I said before I came back up after I was sent down, it's just about relaxing," he said. "That's what I plan on continuing to do throughout the rest of the season."
Coming on in relief in the seventh inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss, Fields allowed an RBI double to Howie Kendrick before striking out the last four batters he faced.
Springer, Santana return to familiar positions
ANAHEIM -- With Dexter Fowler on the disabled list and the Astros facing a left-hander Friday night, Astros manager Bo Porter used the opportunity to put rookies George Springer in center field and Domingo Santana in right field -- the positions they played mostly throughout the Minor Leagues.
"It will be fun," Springer said. "I'm excited to be out there. I'll have fun."
Springer and Santana are no strangers, having played alongside each other in center and right, respectively, since they were at Class A Lancaster. Springer was moved to right field after the Astros traded for Fowler last offseason, and Santana's first two starts in the big leagues came in left field.
"I told George a couple of days ago to make sure that he doesn't go without shagging in center [during batting practice]," Porter said. "He goes, 'Oh no, I make sure I keep sharp.' It's exciting to get him out there. Santana has played more right field than left field, but when George is in right, he's going to play left."
Springer said he's looking forward to seeing Santana's rocket arm from right field.
"He's played right his whole life and he understands how to play it, so he'll be good," Springer said.