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Johan Santana resumes throwing off mound

Jul 1, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

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Johan Santana‘s stopped throwing about one month ago after he experienced some soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder, but his rehab took a step in the right direction earlier this week.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Johan Santana threw a bullpen session Wednesday at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. If the southpaw is able to complete another bullpen session without discomfort, he is expected to advance to a “spring training-like” program.

While Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that Santana’s schedule has been “somewhat unpredictable,” the expectation is that he could return sometime in August if all goes well.

Entering play Friday, Mets’ starters ranked eighth in the National League with a 3.89 ERA. They were sixth with a 3.80 ERA last season.

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