Johan Santana Has Started Throwing

After undergoing a second surgery on the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and spending roughly six months rehabbing, Johan Santana has resumed throwing.  Tweeted Santana a few days ago:

Santana, who will be 35 by the time opening day rolls around, will almost certainly be bought out of his contract by the Mets for $5.5 million between now and December.

Thoughts:

After returning from the first surgery he had on his shoulder, Santana tossed the first no-hitter in Mets history in June of 2012.  Soon after, Santana was shut down for the season with shoulder fatigue.  However, he was effective in the first few starts after his no-hitter – disproving the built in narrative that the no-hitter (and 134 pitches thrown that night) led to his injury.

Last season, Santana fell behind during spring training, and was eventually shut down.  Prior to the start of the season, it was discovered that he had re-injured the anterior capsule in his shoulder, and would need to undergo a second surgery.

Feb 15, 2013; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws a pitch during spring training at Legends Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

There’s a chance that Santana will be re-signed by the Mets for 2014, but I’d place much higher odds on him landing elsewhere.  Not because he doesn’t want to return, but due to the Mets’ current circumstances.

With Matt Harvey absent for most, if not all of next season, the Mets will likely be adding one high upside starter from outside the organization, and one cheaper option who can compete with Jenrry Mejia and the pitching prospects who are on the cusp (and perhaps report to Triple-A Las Vegas if they’re beaten out for the job).  For that last rotation spot, the Mets should be seeking someone whose health isn’t in question.

It would be tremendous to see Santana round back into form with the Mets, and finish what he started here, but the odds seem long.

 

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  • Ken Meoni

    He still owes us a few years of service, doesn’t he? He did get paid for time he didn’t pitch. :) Seriously though, not again.

  • Ken Meoni

    Oliver Perez is available too.

  • paqza

    I wonder if he underwent the stem cell treatment Bartolo Colón used on his rotator cuff/shoulder. If not, he should consider it.