Mets morning briefing 3.14.11

Ike Davis and Jason Isringhausen plan to go fishing. Jon Niese should be at Disney World. Their major leaguer teammates are off Monday too -- the lone team-wide day off for the Mets of spring training. They regroup for a night game Tuesday.

On to the day's news reports, which had a singular focus:

Post columnist Kevin Kernan doesn't expect Johan Santana to pitch in 2011, even if he hasn't yet had a setback. Writes Kernan:

Once you enter the depressing world of shoulder surgery, life is not the same for major-league pitchers. Just ask Chien-Ming Wang, who had yet another setback with the Nationals, and Mark Prior, who has been trying for years to come back from his shoulder problems.

Mike Sielski of The Wall Street Journal similarly notes the Mets should be sensible about using Santana in 2011, because he is still owed $72 million through 2013. Sielski also cites Chien-Ming Wang and Mark Prior as examples of players with shoulder woes whose timetables have been far longer than originally expected. Writes Sielski:

Given the Mets' woes since [Santana signed his contract] -- their ownership is now trying to sell a minority share of the franchise in light of its connection to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme -- such largesse to any player, even an everyday star such as Jose Reyes or David Wright, would be an albatross. But each of Santana's past two seasons has ended prematurely because his body has broken down: bone chips in his elbow in 2009, a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder last year. He's doing nothing more now than short- and long-tossing on flat ground (he did not throw Sunday), and anecdotally, neither he nor the Mets have to look far for a pessimistic glimpse at what might be ahead for him. Both Mark Prior, who is attempting a comeback with the Yankees, and Chien-Ming Wang, who is in the Washington Nationals organization, suffered injuries similar to Santana's. Neither has won a game in the major leagues since.

Read the news stories on Santana reacting to a report he might be shut down after one more flat-ground throwing session in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, Record and Star-Ledger.

BIRTHDAY: No player who has appeared with the Mets in the majors was born on March 14.