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"Some of those starter prospects could land in this pen for a little while. Ron Gardenhire was the Twins’ manager when Johan Santana was coming into his own in 2002 and 2003, and he used Santana in the bullpen on the way to Santana becoming a superstar. He managed Francisco Liriano, in a similar fashion, to an All-Star season in 2006, though Liriano almost immediately broke down. That doesn’t mean Manning or Faedo or Casey Mize will become Santana, just that Gardenhire has some experience breaking in a starter through the pen."