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Johan Santana is “making strides” with his throwing program

Feb 25, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

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Johan Santana was originally scheduled to make his spring debut on March 2, but the Mets announced last week that it will be pushed back due to a conditioning issue related to his throwing. While he hasn’t returned to mound-work since, the Mets are pleased with the progress he has made in recent days.

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Mets manager Terry Collins said earlier today that Santana has looked stronger in recent sessions off flat ground.

“I told him already today: He looked better today than he did five days ago,” Collins said. “I think the long-toss program is making strides.”

The Mets said last week that Santana’s issue wasn’t structural, so it appears his shoulder is fine. Spring training is longer than usual this year because of the World Baseball Classic, so the hope is that he’ll have enough time to get ready for the season as long as he makes his debut by March 10 or 11.

Santana, who turns 34 next month, posted a 4.85 ERA and 111/39 K/BB ratio over 117 innings last season prior to being shut down. He’s owed $25.5 million this season while his contract includes a $5.5 million buyout on a $25 million option for 2014.

  1. cackalackyank - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Well, the last time I checked pitching requires being on the mound so until he can throw effectively and safely from a mound Santana is a very expensive paper weight. He really needs to have a healthy season. Those $ amounts are pretty amazing. 50.5 million for the Mets to keep him two years, or 31 million to part ways in October. Either number is an ouch.

  2. fanofevilempire - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    The Mets have the greatest Medical Staff in the League, look at how their players
    take the field for 100% of their contracts.

  3. bolweevils2 - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It’s hard to throw without taking a stride.

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