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Sandy Alderson told reporters today the Mets Spring Complex, that left-hander Johan Santana’s first Grapefruit League start would be pushed back by as much as two weeks.
Alderson said that there was no structural issue and that it is just a matter of building up strength in Santana’s arm. Initially, Santana was scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League appearance on March 2nd, but a lack of velocity during his last bullpen session raised concerns.
The Mets presumed Opening Day starter says he is in no pain, but obviously this is something to keep an eye on.
According to the Mets GM, Santana will do some long-tossing once he gets back on a mound and no timetable for his return will be set until further evaluation.
Santana, 33, has not pitched in a game since being shutdown by the Mets last August and was prescribed rest for the offseason.
We’ll keep you posted as this story further develops…
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The New York Mets have elected to push back Johan Santana’s
first start of spring training as a precautionary measure, according to Marc
Carig of Newsday.
Carig notes that New York is holding Santana back to allow
him to continue to build up his arm strength, not because they are concerned
with an injury. Carig says there is no structural damage that is cause for
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Mets News and Notes:
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I was fortunate enough to get all but Hernandez (still looking for a reasonable price on e-Bay).
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The Mets and Washington Nationals have posted their lineups for Saturday's 12:10 p.m.
Grapefruit League opener:
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Justin Turner, 2b
Jordany Valdespin, dh
Shaun Marcum, rhp
Also pitching: Zack Wheeler, Cory Mazzoni, Jeurys Familia, Darin Gorski
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Dan Warthen says Monday...
The New York Mets had been connected to former closer
Francisco Rodriguez earlier this winter. However, it remains “unlikely” that
the Mets sign Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Asked source if #Mets might again consider K-Rod, who remains free agent, and it was portrayed as unlikely--same as Jose Valverde previously
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN...
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