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Johan Santana struck out a bunch of hitters in extended spring training

May 27, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

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Johan Santana made what’s expected to be his final extended spring training start for the Orioles today, throwing 4.1 innings and 76 pitches against inexperienced minor leaguers in Florida.

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that Santana struck out eight and walked zero while allowing two runs on six hits, and his fastball was clocked at 86-88 miles per hour. The next step for Santana will presumably be a minor-league rehab assignment and a long-awaited return to formal game action.

Even while winning multiple Cy Young awards Santana was never a flamethrower, but at his peak he averaged 92-93 miles per hour. At the end of his time with the Mets he averaged 88-90 miles per hour, so at the very least Santana is relatively close to being back to where he was just before multiple shoulder surgeries.

  1. Eutaw's Finest - May 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    As mediocre as the O’s rotation has been? Give the man a shot. Maybe he goes 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER or something in that ballpark? He’ll still be better than the May version of Tillman. Or Jimenez recently.

  2. bmadormo - May 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Easy guy to root for.

  3. moogro - May 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    His change up is slow enough to give him separation from his fastball. He is going to do well. Good sign.

  4. nymets05 - May 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    He sucks.He quit on the Mets and took a ton of their money giving them very little in return.He was no where to be seen in the final year of his contract.Scumbag

    • basedrum777 - May 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      You mean he was injured? F’n Mets fans.

      • neoshweaty - May 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        WTF. I’m a huge mets fan and definitely feel the complete opposite way. Santana was injured. He seemed to have fought hard to stay on the field but his body didnt cooperate. He was involved in one of the great moments in mets history with his no-hitter. I’ll never forget that.

  5. nymets05 - May 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    He could have been in the dugout supporting his teammates,but it was all about him and his oversized ego.

  6. doctornature - May 28, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Trevor Hoffman lived the life throwing change-ups off his change-up. Randy Jones threw about 80 mph with his FB.

    Santana always had a great change, He is gonna need it, but he is a classy guy and easy to rot for.

    When a star who has made 100 Million+ goes through massive injury rehab to get back into the game, when he could be drinking tequila on a beach surrounded by starlets, you know he deserves the chance

  7. dan7162 - May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Chien-Ming Wang can opt out from Reds triple-A on May 31. CMW was the runner up for the 2006 Cy Young award and also had a shoulder operation. It will be intriguing to see him pitching against Johan santana.

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