Found March 07, 2012 on Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
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Valley Fever, strained rib cages, declining payroll and the Madoff clawback lawsuit have been much talked about topics around Port St. Lucie this spring; especially the last week. There will be plenty of time for gloom and doom this year, but yesterday Johan Santana gave the Mets and their fans a ray of hope in an otherwise cloudy start to the season. Johan Santana’s 2012 exhibition debut might be the most talked about spring training start in Mets history. If this team has any shot of seriously thinking playoffs a return to form for Santana is a must. His health is necessary if they have any thoughts of just finishing .500. Everyone will talk velocity and command, but the real story is that he made the start and reported no ill effects after. This is an important step, albeit a small one, for a pitcher that is returning from an injury that has no history of success. Mark Prior is the worst case scenario, as he’s yet to throw a big league pitch since he went down in 2006. Chien-Ming...
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