Results tagged ‘ Johan Santana ’

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/5

The Mets split up on Wednesday but lost both games, anyway. Here’s a picture of palm trees to distract you:


What we learned: David Wright will play in a Minor League game Thursday, in advance of what will likely be his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. … Terry Collins is strongly considering batting his pitchers eighth this season, according to the New York Post, in an effort to generate more RBI opportunities for Wright.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I dedicate the rest of my career to him. Everything I do, I do it for all my family. But I do it for him, mostly. I hope he’s watching from somewhere.” –Mets roster hopeful Anthony Seratelli on his late father, Russell

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Johan Santana’s comeback: “Nothing to lose, a lot to gain”

The Orioles on Wednesday introduced Johan Santana, who spoke candidly about his recovery from a second left shoulder capsule surgery.

Said Santana:

“I don’t want to go out in the game like that. I want to go out of the game on my own terms, knowing this is going to be my last game, knowing this is going to be my last year. And not just not knowing maybe that my last game [in 2012] was my last one. I don’t even know who I faced, and when it was. I might not want to remember.”

You can read Brittany Ghiroli’s full story here.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/3

Behind do-everything pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, the Mets on Monday finally showed up in the win column. They’re 1-3 this spring.


What we learned: Minor injuries continue to plague Mets camp, with Ike Davis joining Eric Young, Jr., Ruben Tejada, Wilfredo Tovar, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese on the list of early casualties. None of them, however, are expected to miss any significant time. … Johan Santana is close to signing a Minor League deal with the Orioles. … SNY sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt will host FOX’s baseball pregame show this summer in addition to his Mets duties. Steve Gelbs will fill in on SNY when conflicts arise.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“Harvey is Harvey, but [Syndergaard] and Wheeler are definitely a very close second.” –Braves outfielder Justin Upton on the Mets’ top three young pitchers

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/25

One more day of workouts before Thursday’s intrasquad game and Friday’s Grapefruit League opener.


What we learned: David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud will all participate in next month’s Las Vegas exhibitions against the Cubs, but Daniel Murphy will not. … Terry Collins still expects to be ejected next year, probably more than once.

What we wrote:

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They said it:

“That would be like the ultimate jinx.” –Fifth-starter candidate John Lannan on apartment hunting in New York City before making the team

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The scene: Santana, Wheeler throw off flat ground


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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 3/5

Some tweaks from last week. I’m going out on a limb and projecting Johan Santana to open the regular season on the disabled list, even though that may not be the case. If it is, that would presumably bump Jeremy Hefner out of Triple-A and into the rotation. The result:

C : John Buck
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Ruben Tejada
3B: David Wright
OF: Lucas Duda
OF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF: Marlon Byrd
Bench: Collin Cowgill
Bench: Mike Baxter
Bench: Justin Turner
Bench: Brandon Hicks
Bench: Anthony Recker

SP: Shaun Marcum
SP: Jon Niese
SP: Matt Harvey
SP: Dillon Gee
SP – Jeremy Hefner
RP: Bobby Parnell (CL)
RP: Brandon Lyon
RP: Scott Atchison
RP: LaTroy Hawkins
RP: Josh Edgin
RP: Greg Burke
RP: Robert Carson

DL: Frank Francisco, Johan Santana

In the running: C Landon Powell, 1B Josh Satin, INF Zach Lutz, INF Brian Bixler, INF/OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Elvin Ramirez, RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Pedro Feliciano, LHP Darin Gorski.

(You may notice that I have yet to take Grapefruit League stats into account in this projection. I just don’t think the sample size is big enough to warrant inclusion at this point, though I may start skewing toward statistical favorites next week.)

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When will Johan make his season debut?

There seems to be plenty of opinions on when Johan Santana will make his 2013 season debut, now that the Mets are delaying his spring training schedule by more than a week. So I pose the question to you: when will Santana debut?

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Santana returns to mound; all is well in Port St. Lucie (except for the weather)

It’s actually quite pleasant here today, with temperatures hovering in the low- to mid-50s. But plenty of players and reporters were griping about the cold in Port St. Lucie, where the Mets pushed their workout back two hours on account of the temperature.

When the Mets finally did don their uniforms, Johan Santana took the mound for his first bullpen session since last August. He threw approximately 20 pitches, (of which I managed to capture one on my new Instagram account), and expressed — what else? — optimism afterward.

Some additional photographs from Santana’s session are below:

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Healthy and optimistic, Johan reports to camp

Here are some shots of a healthy Johan Santana, who threw off flat ground today in what he considers a normal, healthy progression for this time of year:



Santana later met with the media, saying his 2012 season “ended up in a way that I didn’t want it to.” The Mets shut Santana down in August as he battled a number of physical maladies, including the aftereffects of an ankle sprain, a bout of lower back inflammation and some general fatigue in his first season back from left shoulder surgery.

This summer, Santana hopes, will be different.

“What’s important right now is to stay healthy,” the left-hander said. “Being able to go there every five games, that’s what I want to do. And I’m hoping to do it throughout the whole season.”


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Santana eyes WBC while Mets remain cautious

Johan Santana has been working out recently with the intention of being in good enough shape to join Team Venezuela for next month’s World Baseball Classic. Now nearly two-and-a-half years removed from shoulder surgery, he is healthy and the Mets plan to treat him like any other pitcher this spring.

santanavenezuelaBut insurance obstacles could prove prohibitive in his quest to compete on an international stage. Because Santana finished last season on the disabled list, the Classic must be willing to insure the $31 million remaining on his contract for him to compete.

Even if Santana clears that hurdle, the Mets could ask him not to participate, as many teams do for older players — particularly for pitchers, and certainly for pitchers with his recent history of arm trouble.

Asked directly about the situation, general manager Sandy Alderson said he would not open that can of worms unless Santana approached the Mets asking to play. So far, the left-hander has not done so. But a second tour of duty for Venezuela — Santana played in 2006, but sat out 2009 while recovering from knee surgery — seems unlikely.

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