Jun 13, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT
Sandy Alderson refused to classify it as a setback, but the Mets general manager did reveal that Johan Santana felt discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder while throwing off a mound on June 3 and has slowed his rehab timetable.
Santana hasn’t thrown off a mound since then, although he also hasn’t been examined by a doctor (which seems like a relatively good sign).
Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that he’s been long-tossing at the Mets’ spring training complex and could get back on a mound at some point later this week.
For now the June 3 issue seems like merely routine soreness following surgery, although even small setbacks (or hiccups or whatever Alderson would approve of calling it) decreases the odds of Santana rejoining the Mets’ rotation by the end of July.
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