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Johan Santana won’t be ready for Opening Day

Nov 17, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

Johan Santana

Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September. At the time it was reported that the time table for rehab was 24 weeks and that he could throw at 20 weeks. That would have had him throwing — not pitching — in mid-February.  As such, it seemed that it was pretty unrealistic that Santana would be ready to start the season. Sandy Alderson confirmed that yesterday:

“We’ve been told he’ll be able to begin tossing in January. But, realistically, I don’t think anybody expects him to be ready Opening Day. And, really, the question is when exactly he will be ready. Nobody has told us he’ll miss the season or anything of that sort. But I think that certainly we have to assume he’s not going to start the season.”

I think it’s fair to say that no general manager in baseball faces a tougher task than Sandy Alderson. I mean, sure, there are far worse teams, but at least in those situations you can just bulldoze everything and start over. The Mets, however, have enough pieces to be respectable, but enough problems — things like trying to find a replacement for an ace — that getting to that point is going to be really hard. Add in the managerial search and the inherent pressure that goes with New York, and it’s just a really hard job ahead of him.


  1. chrisny3 - Nov 17, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Actually, Alderson has it easy in this respect: He will be on a long honeymoon with the media and the fans who don’t expect miracles out of him for 2011, and will treat him well as long as he makes farily logical and smart moves.

    He will make his job a lot easier if he is very careful with his managerial pick, and considers fan sentiment in his decision. No, I am not saying that should be the sole criteria, but it should be a factor.

    If what many pundits say is true — that the Mets have no chance to contend in 2011 — then it would make a lot of sense to try to choose a popular candidate and make coming to the park a lot more attractive. And in this race, I see the popular candidates as having as good or better a chance of successfully leading the team as the unpopular candidates.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    That’s how it goes in Flushing doesn’t it?

    • chrisny3 - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

      No, I think most new GMs in any market would get a honeymoon period from the fans and media. Especially one coming from outside the organization.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM

        I was referring to the fact that Santana will have a decent delay in returning next season. With all that’s happened recently with injuries and old man smacking within the Mets, it’s like the dark cloud is still hoovering overhead.

      • chrisny3 - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:47 AM

        Oh, I guess I don’t see a dark cloud anymore since Omar was fired.

        As for older pitchers and injury, you should worry about Oswalt and maybe even Halladay. Not to mention your aging position players.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM

        Omar’s still there, Chris.

  3. BC - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    This is just effing wonderful. Oh well, more time for NASCAR next year.

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    I’m guessing that it will be after the all-star break before Santana pitches again if there are no setbacks during rehab. If the rules were to allow Santana to get a shot or two HGH in the area of the surgerical scar tissue, Santana might be a great pitcher again. BTW, HGH grows new muscle tissue to replace the scar tissue. A-Rod, Petite, and Reyes all did this successfully (of course, only Petite owned up to it). IMO, Santana should go this route and take the 50 games suspension and start off the 2012 season as old stud self.

    • chrisny3 - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM

      If he’s careful in how he procures the HGH, there is no need to take a 50-game suspension as there exists no effective testing for the substance.

    • BC - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

      Shoot it up, baby! Firw away! Use anything you can get your hands on!

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