As expected, New York Mets lefty Johan Santana will start the season on the disabled list while he works to strengthen his pitching shoulder.
Mets manager Terry Collins announced the plan Friday before a game against the Miami Marlins. The 33-year-old Santana hasn't pitched in a spring training game this year
''He's not going to open with us,'' Collins said. ''He's going to have to get himself ready and that's going to certainly determine on a daily basis where he's at, but we'll be gone. I'll have to monitor him by the phone.''
The Mets soon will officially put the two-time Cy Young winner on the DL. They open the season at home on April 1 against San Diego.
Santana hasn't thrown a bullpen session since March 3. That outing was not part of the Mets' schedule and came after general manager Sandy Alderson expressed disappointment that Santana didn't report to camp ready to pitch.
''It's hard to say it was a setback,'' Collins said. ''I just think he wanted to prove his arm was O...