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Johan Santana “less and less likely” to be ready by Opening Day

Mar 2, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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Adam Rubin has the details:

“So, from my standpoint, his arm is fine, as far as we know. Was he ready to pitch when he came into camp? No. Even he may have been a little surprised by that. So that leaves us where we are today. And where we are today is getting him ready to pitch as soon as we possibly can. We haven’t rule out Opening Day, although given when we think he might get on the mound, it becomes less and less likely. We haven’t given up on that notion yet. And we’ll see where it takes us.”

After missing all of the 2011 season, Johan Santana returned to form quickly in 2012. He threw five shut-out innings in his first start on April 5 and carried a 2.76 ERA through the end of June. Unfortunately, the injury problems began to mount. An ankle sprain in July forced him to miss 24 games and cut into his effectiveness. In his final five starts, ending August 17, he had a 15.63 ERA in 19 innings. He was shut down for the rest of the season due to lower back inflammation.

If Santana, who turns 34 on March 13, is unable to get ready by Opening Day, 26-year-old lefty Jonathon Niese will likely get the nod.

  1. thebadguyswon - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Pretty sad if he came in out of shape considering how much he gets paid. Oh well.

    • Reflex - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      I am not certain that is what they are saying here. He was hurt at the end of last year, and at his age recovery takes more time. He may have rested longer than usual in order to permit the injury more time, and underestimated the amount of time required to get into game shape at his age.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Actually, that’s exactly what Sandy Alderson is saying. He’s saying the doctor cleared his shoulder, there’s no medical problem, and Johan simply didn’t do a damn thing all winter. He showed up out of shape without throwing a ball to get ready, and the organization is pissed and disappointed. No leadership, no heart, poor attitude. Personally, I’d be tempted to cut his ass.

  2. kev86 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Might as well go with Harvey. Put one under lead off guys chin to get the year started.

    • chill1184 - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Harvey is already projected to be on the 2013 staff

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