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Mets insist Santana's on track to pitch

Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:05 am
Edited on: March 13, 2011 10:47 am
UPDATE: Danny Knobler has more from Port St. Lucie on his blog.

By C. Trent Rosecrans 

Johan SantanaMets pitching coach Dan Warthen denies a Bergen Record report that Johan Santana is expected to be shut down for the rest of the season today.

"Everything's fine," Warthen told senior writer Danny Knobler.

The Record  cites a team source as saying the Mets could shut Santana down today if he doesn't feel comfortable after playing catch. However, Santana is not scheduled to throw at all today. He threw -- two sets of 25 throws at 60 feet -- Thursday and Friday, and had yesterday and today off. He is scheduled to throw again the next two days.

"It's a long process," Santana told Knobler, who noted the left-hander was in good spirits on Sunday morning. "It's going to take time. I'm aware of that." 

The Mets hope Santana could return perhaps around the All-Star break following his September surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. The Record report says the Mets believe they'll be "lucky" to have Santana return this season.

However, Warthen claims he still expects Santana to pitch this season.

"Absolutely," Warthen said. "The doctors, myself and rehab people, everybody feels he's going to pitch this year."

While the specifics of the report may be slightly off, the main point -- that the Mets can't count on Santana this season -- is still right on.

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Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 10:35 am

Mets insist Santana's on track to pitch

Santana's career is pretty much done.  The Mets are cursed when it comes to signing big name players only to have less (that is productivity) in return.  Probably be best if Santana sits the season and hopefully (and that's a big hopefully) he can be somewhat decent when he returns.  Having a torn anterior capsule is devastating for a pitcher and few have even made a full recovery.  I like the previous comment which states how there was a time when Santana was a pitcher in his own league.  I remember the day the Mets introduced Johan as a member and thinking that this was the final piece to a world championship.  Boy, was I wrong. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2011 10:24 am

Mets insist Santana's on track to pitch

Hard to believe several years ago, everyone was on his balls in Minnesota and how he was 2nd to none, even Halladay. And looks where he is now. Dumb move to leave Minnesota. They might have made it to a World Series with him by now.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2011 10:23 am

Mets insist Santana's on track to pitch

The Mets do not have a very good history with proper handling of injuries (Reyes,Church,Bay). I think it would be best to plan on not having Johan this year and not try to rush him back. I know Sanatana is a gamer, but if you have to heal, it takes time. Most pitchers that have had this type of injury have not faired well once they returned to the game (Wang, Prior) Hey, I'm all for him to play if he is going to be effective, but if there is any doubt, its just not worth it to the team morale.

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