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Johan Santana throws 72 pitches from mound, feels good

Feb 26, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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Mets left-hander Johan Santana took another big step forward on Sunday afternoon in Mets camp, throwing 72 pitches from a mound without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in the shoulder that he had surgically repaired back in September of 2010.

This according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.

Santana is slated to throw long toss on Wednesday of this week before throwing live batting practice to Mets hitters on Friday. If both of those workouts go well, he should be cleared to make his first Grapefruit League appearance March 6 against the Cardinals.

The Mets are hoping that Santana will be able to maintain good health for 20-25 starts this season. The 32-year-old has a sparkling 3.10 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 in 339 career major league appearances.

  1. dondada10 - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Shoulders are so much trickier than elbows. Just ask Brandon Webb, or Ching-Ming Wang.

    Hopefully, not being a fastball-reliant pitcher will help Santana bounce back to be somewhat of the pitcher he was.

  2. mets79 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Is there a player that has successfully come back and been 90% as good as they were before getting Anterior Capsule reconstruction? Wang and Chris Young are the only two pitchers I ever here mentioned with regard to this surgery and Young tore his shoulder in the same spot after a good start to 2011. As a Mets fan I would look to deal Santana if he is pretty good for a few months. I like Santana a lot but with his contract it may just be to risky not to deal him if you can get rid of most of the salary in return for a prospect or two (you would probably need to take back a smaller bad contract though to get decent prospects)

    • wlschneider09 - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      With his contract and that much risk the Mets will never find a taker.

  3. godcanfirealdavis - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Dump him..

  4. foreverchipper10 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Can’t wait to face him on Opening Day!

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