Despite Terry Collins saying yesterday that Johan Santana wouldn't throw off a mound for at least ten days, the New York Mets' ace did just that this morning. As he tries to work his way back from a minor setback to his spring conditioning, Santana was told to hold off on throwing. It seems, he has been cleared and could return sooner than expected.
It was the first time Santana has thrown off a mound since February 19th says Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. He rested more than normal this offseason, so he may not have expected the fatigue he's currently feeling after starting his throwing program late. Santana has been used to rehab during the offseason because of injuries over the last few years, but the Mets shut him down early last season. This gave him time to rehab prior to the end of the season and rest for much of the offseason.
The Mets are hoping Santana can remain healthy this year. They need him if they have any shot of competing. While competition this year seems like a long shot, the Mets are not far off. Santana's contributions could certainly speed up the rebuilding process.
Santana signed a six-year, $137.5 million deal prior to the 2008 season. He has one more guaranteed year left on that contract then a team option for 2014. There are vesting criteria that would make the 2014 option a player option instead of a team option. So far in his time with the Mets, Santana has been solid. However, he has fewer innings-pitched on average than when he was with the Minnesota Twins. Of course, this comes down to age and injuries.
In his career, Santana was a 139-78 record and a 3.20 ERA. Last year, Santana threw a no-hitter and had his moments of greatness, but he posted a 4.85 ERA overall.
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