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Santana begins throwing

Posted on: February 12, 2011 1:54 am
Edited on: February 12, 2011 12:20 pm
SantanaJohan Santana has started throwing a baseball five months after surgery to fix a torn anterior capsule in the shoulder, as pitching coach Dan Warthen said Friday to ESPN New York.

While Warthen hasn't witnessed the throwing, he was told by Santana over the phone he has already thrown three times. If true, it would be a major hurdle in his recovery and put a possible return in the second half well within consideration.

The Mets plan to be cautious with Santana, who has a reputation for being bull-dogged at the expense of his health, especially in the last four years.

"I just don't want him, because of who he is, to push himself to try to get there too early and have another setback," Warthen said. "We knew two years ago when he had the bone chips that he wasn't ready to come out. We had to talk him into that. And even last year he wasn't going to go out in that game [against the Braves]. That's who Johan is. Common sense has to prevail somewhere."

Even if Santana can return early on, don't expect him to do well right from the outset.

"Generally speaking, you're going to find two good [games], two bad," Warthen said of when a pitcher returns from surgery. "You're going to hit a dead spot. You're going to throw and, 'Oh my god. I feel good. Everything's great.' And then all of a sudden you'll come out there one day and it doesn't throw the same. The muscles don't react the same. Not that you're sore. It just doesn't have that full strength each and every time."

The good news is Santana should be over this hump in time for the 2012 season after pitching in the fall and training in the offseason. And he'll do it around what is likely to be a new-look Mets team.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2011 9:15 pm

Santana begins throwing

Curiously the Mets manager was not mentioned as being responsible for Santana's problems. Nor were the Mets, which is interesting considering how many recent future Hall of Famers have flamed out in a Mets uni- Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez. Clearly the Mets don't know how to manage starting pitchers, right, Evan?

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2011 7:21 pm

Santana begins throwing

He use to be the best pitcher in baseball and he was in the AL, what the hell happen 

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2011 1:23 pm

Santana begins throwing

As a Mets fan i have great respect for Johan but i don't expect him to be anywhere near his old form. To me this is like the Pedro Martinez saga all over again. Just goes to show that giving a pitcher a longterm contract is not always a great idea.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:13 am

Santana begins throwing

I predict that you are crazy

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2011 9:50 am

Santana begins throwing

bud,whatever your on keep taking it!

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2011 9:08 am

Santana begins throwing

You have to love the lack of comments. Watch out everyone, but Johan will be DAMN good this year. I predict a year in which he wins 18 or more games (all depends on the team) and a great strikeout to walk ration and a bloody good ERA.

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