Terry Collins told Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger that Johan Santana is on target to start his first spring training game on March 10 or 11.
That would give him about five starts, assuming there are no other setbacks, before Opening Day.
Frankly, I donāt care if heās starting Opening Day. I just want him to get fully healthy as soon as possible, even if that means missing a few starts early in the season.
The Mets are faced with a tough situation regarding Santana is he regains some of his form from previous seasons.
In one scenario, Santana could get off to a great start when he returns, and the team too could play great baseball out of the gate.
Santana would provide leadership and experience for the Metsā young pitchers, and if he has his stuff working, he will try to keep the Mets competitive for as long as possible, hopefully deep into September or even October.
But scenario two could work out just as well for the Mets.
Santana could pitch very well out of the gate, and the ...