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After missing the end of 2012 and all of 2013, New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has taken a huge step in hopes of returning for Spring Training in 2014. NBC Sports.com's D.J. Short reports that Santana has begun a throwing program and plans to find himself on a Major League roster as Spring Training begins. Santana tweeted Friday afternoon about his happiness to take such a step.
Very happy to move to the next phase of my rehab! Throwing!!!! So far, so good!!!
— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) October 4, 2013
Santana had surgery on April 2 to repair a tear in his anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder. The left hander last pitched in August of 2012. On June 1 of that year, he became the first Met ever to pitch a no hitter. From July through August, though, his shoulder got the best of him as he went 0-5 with a 15.63 ERA, prompting the Mets to shut him down and have his shoulder examined. His season ended in August, and he has not pitched since.
Santana's contract calls for a club option for 2014 for $25 million. However, as we at MLB Injury news discussed on October 1, the club may exercise the $5.5 million buyout and try to re-sign him for much less money. That move would make far more sense than paying $25 million for a pitcher who has not yet shown that he is ready to return to a Major League roster.
The Mets may want to give Santana a new contract, especially now that their young stud Matt Harvey has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery as our Kerry Kauffman reported Friday. Santana is 34 years old, and after a devastating injury, a one-year deal seems to make the most sense.
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