Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 11/14/14
As of today, Mets ace Johan Santana has yet to throw an in-game pitch this spring. His first game was pushed back to mid-March, which the Mets attributed to “lack of arm strength.” As Mets fans know, a Santana setback is definitely not something that should be taken lightly. Santana was placed on the disabled list last August, and finished the season there, with “lower back stiffness.” Mets GM Sandy Alderson has also stated that he suffered from general fatigue stemming from his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery he underwent in September 2010, a surgery that no pitcher has really ever come back from in full form. In an effort to build arm strength, he’s been increasing his throwing distance incrementally. The Mets still state that they hope he will be their opening day starter, but there’s a very real chance that we will not be seeing Santana throw the first pitch of the Mets 2013 season. Which begs the question: if Santana is no longer the Mets’ ace (and with R.A. Dickey no ...
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