Found March 11, 2013 on New York Mets Report:
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Jonathan Niese threw 4.2 scoreless innings this afternoon against the Tigers, begging the question: Why not just off call the charade with Johan Santana? It is clear Santana won’t be ready for the start of the season, and the only possible result in rushing him is risk injury. Terry Collins has already said Niese would replace Santana as the Opening Day starter and Jeremy Hefner will take his place on the roster if the veteran lefty isn’t ready. The Mets are waiting for Santana to throw batting practice and in the bullpen before he gets in a game, and then, under normal circumstances make six exhibition starts until he stretches it 30 innings. Santana’s current timetable is to make four starts. The Mets can’t deal Santana because of his $31 million contract, and their best value for him is for him to pitch as well as possible. That begins with being healthy. METS NOTES: Frank Francisco said he’s feeling fine after yesterday’s bullpen session. He said the next step is another bullpen...
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