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Johan Santana to make rehab start tomorrow at Single-A

Jul 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Johan Santana throwing

Johan Santana‘s plans for this week have changed several times–or at least reports of his plans have changed several times–but now he’s officially scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with a start tomorrow at high Single-A.

That will start the 30-day clock on his rehab stint, which means barring a setback Santana is on track to return from the disabled list by August 28, which would be just over 11 months since shoulder surgery.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Santana will throw around 45 pitches in his first outing since beating the Braves with five innings of one-run ball on September 2 of last season.

Presumably he’ll make a handful of rehab starts, gradually building back his arm strength and increasing his pitch count, and then rejoin the Mets’ rotation for a half-dozen or so starts down the stretch. Santana is owed $55 million for the next two seasons, so the primary goal for the Mets should be getting him healthy and ready for 2012.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Good news for baseball. I hate the Mets, but always loved Johan.

  2. sdelmonte - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Holding my breath that this goes well. But also kinda hopeful that that it will.

    And now wondering what the Mets do when he comes back. Obviously, they will be playing out the string by then, just looking to stay over .500 and finish third. Which will actually give Sandy and Terry a lot of flexibility. Six man rotation? Shut down Dillon Gee early to save his arm for the future? Move Capuano or Pelfrey to the pen (or maybe swing a last second trade)? All of this is not all that interesting to anyone outside the Mets fan base, but for a team in the midst of rebuilding, September can offer a lot to think about.

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