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Johan Santana might not return to the Mets this season

Sep 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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Here’s manager Terry Collins, speaking Saturday with beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

“There are no plans on seeing [Johan Santana] here except to possibly get some work in. If I don’t think he’s ready to pitch, I’m not gonna pitch him.

I’m really excited about his progress. I think it’s great that he’s feeling better. We may get more out of the fact that he goes through instructional leagues and builds his pitch count and arm strength.”

Santana, who underwent major shoulder surgery last September, allowed just one unearned run Friday in a three-inning rehab appearance at Low-A Savannah. He’s making progress, but not quickly enough.

The 32-year-old left-hander is under contract at a whopping $24 million in 2012 and $25.5 million in 2013.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Sep 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Drew, does it really matter at this point? Would it not be better for Santana to just rest in the offseason and challenge (LOL) the Phillies next year?

    • Drew Silva - Sep 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      Probably not, but making an appearance in a major league game this month would sort of put a cap on his shoulder rehab. If that appearance doesn’t happen, he remains a question mark heading into 2012.

      But that’s more a fan perception thing. It doesn’t really matter.

  2. jetersusedjersey - Sep 10, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Rest him up and hope they can get 25-30 starts out of him next year.

  3. phillybilly57 - Sep 11, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    who cares ?

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