Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/19/13
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Johan Santana‘s 2012 statistics look awful at first glance. No, they are awful. His 4.85 ERA and 1.33 WHIP are both his worst since becoming a starter. That, combined with the fact that Santana missed the last two months of the season might have you down on the 33 year-old lefty. But when you look deeper, there is some reason to be optimistic that Johan Santana can bounce back, and be effective. Santana attempted something extremely difficult last year: returning to pitching after a year’s absence. Santana had surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. He was originally slated to come back in 2011, sometime in June or July after having the procedure in September of 2010. However, he suffered a number of setbacks and wasn’t able to pitch at all in 2011. Last February, Santana returned to spring training ready to pitch. He was finally healthy, and the Mets, while limiting his pitch count, more or less threw him into the fire. He responded well, and through the fir...
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