Saturday, March 23, 2013

Santana's Farewell May Be Sooner Than Expected

Coming into the 2013 season, we all knew that this would most likely be Johan Santana's last year with the Mets. However, the likelihood of the left-hander's presence on the Mets Opening Day roster has taken a crucial blow this weekend. You can pretty much sense it by what's been written about in the last 24 to 48 hours.

No telling when Mets Santana will be ready to pitch again...NY Post (Dan Martin)

"I just don't know when I'm gonna be pitching again, coming into Spring Training I felt great...I was very excited about it and then everything changed in whatever, a few days."

Martin writes that Santana had no regrets about stepping on the mound March 3, the day after GM Sandy Alderson doubted his offseason workout program.

Johan unsure when he'll return to the (Anthony DiComo)

Santana insisted that he is not worried about missing a significant chunk of the regular season. "It's not as strong," Santana said of his shoulder, "I'm just building up my strength."

DiComo writes that Santana's decision not to participate in any pitching activity after the offseason, opting instead to rest his shoulder may have led to the present state that Santana now finds himself in.

NY Mets ace Johan Santana sounds resigned to an extended rehab in Florida, admits shoulder 'not feeling good'...NY Daily News (Kristie Ackert)

"Every day we make sure that we have a good day so tomorrow we come back and do it again until we can do it without any problems."

Ackert writes that Santana is only doing loss toss at 90 feet. Before he would get on a mound, he would need to feel strong at almost double that distance.

"It is slower but I am making progress, we'll see," Santana said. "Right now I'm just building up and go one day at a time."

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