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Johan Santana skips winter ball for ‘medically-prescribed rest’

Oct 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Johan Santana and the Mets have decided against the rehabbing left-hander pitching in winter ball, with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reporting that he’ll instead be “entering a long period of medically-prescribed rest that will preclude him from pitching.”

He last pitched in an instructional league game on September 30, but general manager Sandy Alderson described Santana as “feeling very good” and “looking forward to 2012.” And according to the GM the Mets are “optimistic” he’ll be at full speed in time for spring training.

Several setbacks ruined Santana’s plans of returning for some September action this season, but he’s now 13 months removed from shoulder surgery and owed $55 million for the next two seasons. He last pitched for the Mets on September 2, 2010.

  1. El Bravo - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Talk about the second best prescription ever! First, medically prescribed marijuana, second medically prescribed rest….no wait, first, medically prescribed marijuana AND medically prescribed rest, second, medically prescribed marijuana, and third, medically prescribed rest. yeah, that’s it.

  2. kjeroh - Oct 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    That’s the best decision. Take no chances. Let him continue to rehab, don’t get fat or lazy, but hit spring training ready. With his workhorse and winner’s attitude, Johan Santana can be an anchor to what could be a very talented rotation of Santana, Gee, Niese, Dickey and Pelfrey and solid lefty-righty-lefty-righty. They now have a bona fide ace to look to — one of those pitchers who can stop a losing streak; gut check late in a close game, leave him in because there’s no one better in the bullpen than Santana on the mound; a leader that a young staff can willingly follow. (Pelfrey simply does not have the confidence or mental toughness to be an ace.) You don’t need Santana suffering some sort of setback in winter ball.

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