New York Mets
That would provide Santana three starts to prepare for the regular season, although manager Terry Collins reiterated Wednesday that Santana pitching Opening Day against the San Diego Padres is not the priority.
“We’re not worried about April 1,” Collins said. “We’re worried about 30 starts.”
Collins said Santana, who has thrown two light bullpen sessions since resuming mound work, likely will throw another bullpen session, then batting practice before getting in a game in a week.
If the script goes according to plan, Santana’s subsequent two starts may be against minor league competition. That way, if Santana ended up not ready for Opening Day, the Mets could backdate any disabled list stint into spring training, minimizing Santana’s regular-season absence.
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