Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana underwent successful elbow surgery on Thursday.

Santana, 24, had a bone chip removed from his left (pitching) elbow and will be sidelined six weeks.

"He'll be okay," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "It won't be a very long recovery."

Santana went 12-3 with a 3.07 earned-run average in 45 appearances, including 18 starts.

The Venezuelan native struck out 169 batters and walked 47 in 158 1/3 innings pitched.

Santana is 23-12 with a 3.97 ERA and one save in 117 appearances (41 starts) since making his major-league debut with the Twins on Apr. 3, 2000.

Minnesota acquired him and cash from Florida for Jard Camp on Dec. 13, 1999.

The Marlins snagged Santana in the 1999 MLB Rule 5 Draft from the Houston Astros, who signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 17, 1995.

with files from Sports Network