Mets eye July return for Johan Santana

DENVER -- New York Mets ace Johan Santana threw off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla., this week for the first time since undergoing Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

Santana attempted 15 throws from the slope without issue. He has been throwing on flat ground at 150 feet.

The Mets have eyed July for Santana's return to the major leagues. Santana still has hurdles to clear. Chien-Ming Wang of the Washington Nationals is still trying to return to game action two seasons after undergoing a similar procedure.

Santana teammate Chris Young is due to undergo surgery Monday to repair an anterior capsule in his right shoulder.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.