Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 2/18/12

Yesterday afternoon at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie, New York Mets starter Johan Santana threw 25 pitches off a mound for the first time this Spring.  Santana, who missed the entire 2010 season recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, threw in front of Mets manager Terry Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson and pitching coach Dan Warthen; as well as some NY beat reporters. Here is what was said from those who were there to witness:

Johan Santana appears in better overall shape than last year. Slimmed down a bit. about 17 hours ago via UberSocial for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @SurfingTheMets Andy Martino Johan survived his bullpen. TC quite pleased. Santana will pitch again on Tuesday, barring any unforeseen setbacks. about 17 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough Terry Collins very pleased with Santana's session. Santana will go again Tuesday. about 17 hours ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Santana's next bullpen session is sheds led for Tuesday. about 17 hours ago via UberSocial for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @SurfingTheMets Andy Martino Johan Santana: "I’m getting back to what I used to be." about 16 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @McCulloughSL Andy McCullough Johan threw 25 pitches today and worked on location. He expects to pitch again on Tuesday @johansantana about 16 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @Mets New York Mets Johan: It was great to get on the mound...I feel much better than I did last year...I am excited to be on the mound & start competing. about 16 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @Mets New York Mets Santana: "We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. Tomorrow is definitely an important day, and we’ll see how I recover." about 16 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @SurfingTheMets Andy Martino

 

Following his mound session Santana said the following, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

I finally had a chance to get on the mound and throw to a catcher, to Thole, and I felt really good. The approach that we had from the beginning was to do everything like I always do to get ready for the season. For me, it’s about time to get on the mound and start throwing. And I was able to throw all of my pitches and it felt good after that.”

According to Rubin, Collins said he was so impressed with Santana  that the manager lightheartedly told the southpaw, “Don’t s— me, you’ve been throwing.”

Obviously we have to make an adjustment on a daily basis, as we did last year with Carlos. But you saw the smile on [Santana's] face. You don’t think he’s happy with what’s going on? It’s a huge step for us. It’s a big day for him. Now it’s just gradually moving forward and building him up.”

As Martino stated on Twitter,the day following a throw day for Santana will be the most important:

All spring with Santana, the day/days after an appearance will be the thing to watch. about 16 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @SurfingTheMets Andy Martino

For now, I will be happy that Santana threw, felt no pain, and look good to those who watched.

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