Mets aim for Santana in game next week

Johan Santana

Johan Santana

#57 SP
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM21
  • W6

  • L9

  • BB39

  • K111

  • ERA4.85

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets aim for Johan Santana to make his first Grapefruit League appearance in a week, likely against the Detroit Tigers at Tradition Field on March 14.

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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