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GM says Johan Santana “might not be” ready for Opening Day

Dec 13, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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In talking about the Mets’ rotation plans general manager Sandy Alderson categorized Johan Santana as a “question mark” and told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the former Cy Young winner “might not be” ready for Opening Day.

Santana planned to return from shoulder surgery to pitch for the Mets down the stretch, but suffered various setbacks along the way and never threw a pitch in the majors.

Opening Day would be more than 18 months after his surgery and Alderson did say that “we think he’s going to be ready.”

For now the Mets’ projected rotation is Santana, Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, and Dillon Gee.

  1. paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Hey guys, there is a problem with the blog….this 2010 article is showing up at the top as if it is new.

    • hittfamily - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:19 PM

      Wow. Sarcasm on the internet, and Cur has yet to take you seriously.

  2. allball23 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Mets will suck anyway. so Johan can take his time coming back

  3. kander013 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    To think the Twins received Carlos Gomez as the centerpiece for this guy. What a trade!!

    • luckywi - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Yes, they did. And up until two days ago, Go-Go had no prayer of making the Brewers outfield.

      • luckywi - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

        You know, because the Twins traded Go-Go three years ago…..

  4. sdelmonte - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    I wish I could say this surprises me. But the surgery he underwent was the sort that has no guarantees at all. And Sandy is very, very cautious.


  5. DonRSD - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM


  6. evanwins - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Is it me or do Mets players as a whole seem to take a REALLY long time to come back from their injuries? It’s almost like they don’t want to come back and play for that team.

    • evanwins - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      I just googled Jason Bay injury, David Wright injury, and Ike Davis injury. They all are remarkably similar: “injury is a mystery”, “no timetable for return”, “waiting for the doctors” and “wait and see”..

      Most other teams have a fairly firm grip on what the injury is and how it’s being handled and when the player will return.

  7. royhobbs39 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Why is it the Mets always get big-name free agents that get injured? Is their conditioning program that awful?

  8. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    It makes no difference when or if he comes back. Pitchers with the kind of shoulder surgery Santana had never even approach previous numbers. Santana will probably pitch in pro ball again this year at some point. If he sticks as the Mets number 5 starter it will be a genuine miracle. Of course, if he develops a knuckleball then all bets are off.

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