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Johan Santana is adding velocity in comeback with Orioles

May 6, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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Back when the Orioles signed Johan Santana to a minor-league contract in early March he was reportedly topping out in the low-80s with his fastball, but now things are looking a bit more promising for the two-time Cy Young winner’s comeback.

Santana threw two innings in an extended spring training game yesterday and Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that “he was clocked at 86 to 89 miles per hour” in what was his first game action.

That’s still not at Santana’s pre-shoulder surgery peak, but it’s close enough to be very encouraging and, even if he doesn’t add any more velocity, could be enough to let him succeed in a relief role.

Santana hasn’t thrown a big-league pitch since August of 2012 and the Orioles will be in no rush to push along his recovery process, but the 35-year-old could be a factor in the second half.

  1. psuorioles - May 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Really hoping Johan can make an impact to the O’s rotation… I’m not sure I can take a summer of watching Chen and Gonzales go out there and pitch 5 innings every outing…

  2. neoshweaty - May 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Loved him during his time with the mets. Really hate how injuries have sapped the powers of one of the best pitchers of the last decade. Hope he’s able to carve out a role in the big leagues again.

  3. bucsmightbegood - May 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Man, I hope Johan makes it back.

    He was so fun to watch as a Twinkie, when he had the Bugs Bunny changeup going.

    It would be great to see him dice up the Yankees again for the O’s.

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