Johan Santana pronounced Sunday's 45-pitch bullpen session at Sun Life Stadium before the series finale between the Mets and Marlins a success. And assuming he awakes Monday feeling OK, he will proceed to a minor league game on Wednesday.
Rehab coordinator Randy Niemann, who traveled from Port St. Lucie to Miami for Sunday's session, suggested Santana already had started a spring-training program as much as 10 days ago.
"I think we actually started spring training a week ago, a week and a half ago, when we moved the bullpens closer to together,” Niemann said. That’s what you would do in spring training. He’s gotten to the point where, if he recovers, and he’s feeling good, we can start getting into games, like you would in spring training.”
Santana should throw about 45 pitches in his first rehab game.
“I felt good overall,” Santana said about Sunday’s session, which came two days after he threw a three-inning simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “I think all the work that we have been doing is paying off. The way I’m feeling right now, I’m getting closer. ... We still have some way to go, but I’m feeling better. And that’s what we’re looking for day in and day out -- that every day I feel better, every time I throw in the bullpen or off the mound I feel good. The last couple of times has been really good.”
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