By C. Trent Rosecrans
Mets 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 CBSSports.com 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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