Santana: Beyond Appearances.
The Mets believe ace pitcher Johan Santana wasn’t in pitching shape when Mets camp began, which is what led to his shutdown early in camp.
The team has found no soundness issues with his arm, beyond him not being ready to go. He’s working hard now so he won’t miss his Opening Day start, which is in jeopardy.
“(The) arm seems to be fine, (he) just was not in pitching shape when he arrived,’’ Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said by text.
The Mets were surprised Santana wasn’t in pitch shape, and couldn’t quite understand why Santana thought he could pitch for Venezuela in the WBC when they determined he wasn’t ready to throw for them.
...Mets people have described Santana’s latest issue as “fatigue in his left shoulder,’’ and he’s been trying to build arm strength to ready himself for a possible Opening Day start, which looks pretty iffy now. Mets manager Terry Collins has hinted to Mets writers that young lefthander Jonathon Niese may get the Opening Day call if Santana isn’t ready to go.
Santana threw in the pen twice before the Mets shut him down after noticing a lack of arm strength. He’s been working on building back his strength, but time is running short for Opening Day. Collins said he was still hopeful Santana would make Opening Day, but told Mets writers, “If he’s not ready for Game 1, I think he’ll be ready for Game 4.’‘
Posted: March 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM | 18 comment(s)
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