Santana played catch Thursday and will throw his normal bullpen session later in the week. As long as his between-starts routine is pain-free, Santana will be available to pitch his next time through the rotation.
Santana iced his shoulder after he was removed from Wednesday's outing in the second inning, when he took a liner off the bat of Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox. There were no other precautionary measures needed, he said, and when he woke up Thursday morning, he felt much better.
Manager Mike Scioscia noted the biggest impact of the injury was that Santana was unable to get his full work in, throwing just 32 of the 45 pitches he was allotted. In 1 1/3 innings, Santana allowed a run on a walk and a hit.
"He wanted to get to 45 and didn't quite get there," Scioscia said. "He'll be a little bit behind next start. But we don't anticipate that affecting the start of our season."
Santana isn't concerned with the shoulder bruise, calling it just a typical baseball nick. He'd like to make sure it doesn't set him back any further preparation-wise.
With the usual four days in between starts, it looks like Santana will pitch Monday against Colorado, should all go according to plan.
"I'm the guy who wants to go back in there," Santana said. "I like to compete, so I'll keep going ... I don't want to just get taken out of the game for nothing."
He said, however, that because it's Spring Training, he may be asked to approach his return a bit more cautiously.
Santana went 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA last season, and he tossed a no-hitter against Cleveland on July 27.