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There’s a timetable for Johan Santana

Feb 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

Johan Santana throwing

It’s been assumed that Johan Santana will return to the Mets sometime in the middle of the year, but the schedule has been somewhat amorphous.  Today Sandy Alderson brought the specifics: Santana will throw from flat ground in three months, from a mound in early May and will return to throwing balls in anger and toward enemy hitters in late June or early July.

It’s a long timeline but Santana’s surgery was no routine thing.  If I’m the Mets, the longer the better.  And that’s the case even if everything clicks and they find themselves competing as late as Memorial Day.  Dude is owed $77.5 million bucks over the next three years. Don’t rush it.

  1. gravytrain56 - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM

  2. anybodyinhere - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    That’s an odd timeline, since three months from today is mid-May…

    • Craig Calcaterra - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      Er, yeah. That’s a good point. It’s what Rubin passed along, though. Confused.

      • BC - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        God’s honest, I’m thinking we may not see him this year. Even if he’s ready by July or August, if the team is 15 games under .500, why bring him back. Let him build up and come back fresh.

      • Matthew Flint - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        Rubin, please don’t confuse our beloved GM with the guy who has to be a janitor for the Mets. Thanks, Craig.

    • chrisny3 - Feb 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Three months to throw from “flat ground” brings them to mid-May. Then it’s been reported it will take roughly 6 weeks once he starts throwing from a mound to get into game shape. So that brings it to the end of June. Which is about “middle of the year.”

      I think that is a reasonable timetable.

  3. gravytrain56 - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    i’m predicting 83 wins this yr

    • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      You actually think the Mets are going to flip flop their 2010 record around. When every team in their own division got stronger and that’s who they play half their games against. I think you may be overly optimistic.

      • chrisny3 - Feb 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        How did Atlanta and the Marlins get stronger?

      • chrisny3 - Feb 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        Hmmn, anyone?

    • Matthew Flint - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      I have them battling the Nats for fourth. FLA is a better team all around imo.

  4. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    If the Mets really want to be a factor even in 2012 for a spot in the post season they need to think about jettison more then Perez salary. They should consider eating a good chunk of Santana’s and Bay’s salary and trying to move them for ML ready prospects or players already on another teams roster. Santana’s probably cooked for most of this year he’s not going to vest his 2014 option so including this year he’s owed about $75M for 2011/2013. My guess is the Mets would have to eat at least $40MM of that to move him. Bay is owed about $51MM for 2011/2013 assuming he doesn’t vest his 2014 option based on pas. My guess is the Mets would have to eat about $16MM of that number. Not a pleasant thought but considering the Mets current financial difficulties these salaries and their players performance are a drag on the team. Better to eat half of it and start over sooner rather then later.

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