Johan Santana did not participate in the team’s workouts at Tradition Field this morning, according to multiple reports on Twitter.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Santana has what is considered a minor issue which could slow his work down this spring.
4:25 PM: Terry Collins told reporters Santana needs extra treatment for his arm, and he’s day-to-day.
Collins said Santana has no discomfort; he is still lacking strength and they are going to remain conservative with Santana’s preparation.
Collins would not commit to Santana making his scheduled start this Thursday. He also noted its possible Santana could start the season on the disabled list to give him an extra week to prepare.
“Right now it is day-to-day with Johan,” Collins said. “We certainly would hope for something next week. But if it’s not, it’s not. Part of our conversation is, he’s ready when he’s ready.”
Dan Warthen told reporters this new fatigue is not related to Santana throwing a voluntary bullpen session last weekend.
However, Warthen said they will now work at Santana’s pace, and not according to the team’s schedule.
“I finally went to him and said, ‘if we’re pushing things, then let’s go at your pace,” Warthen said. “Don’t look at my chart. You tell me what you want.’”
Santana threw a 15-pitch bullpen session last Sunday, although the catcher was situated in front of the plate. He then threw a long-toss session on Monday, after which Dan Warthen said Santana was making a lot of progress building arm strength.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:11:55 am: At this point, I’ll believe Santana is healthy and on track when I see him on the mound, either in Port St. Lucie or during the regular season.
It is still early – there are more than three weeks left before Opening Day. But, it’s not getting earlier, and Santana has yet to throw a complete bullpen session and go through a normal cycle in camp. And so, there is no indication right now Santana will be ready by Opening Day. I could see him starting on the fifth or sixth day of the season, or even get pushed back to the middle of April, but that assumes things get on track in short order for Santana.
5:34 pm: I find this whole situation awful strange. At first, Santana wanted to pitch in the WBC, but he wasn’t even prepared to start a normal throwing program and hasn’t been able to complete a normal bullpen session, let alone get on a regular routine in camp. Now, the team is letting Santana call the shots on his program – I don’t get why they’re not taking charge of this whole situation.
I just think the Mets should be in complete control here, and it’s clear they are not. They could certainly revise Santana’s program and come to an agreement with him on it if that is what’s ultimately necessary. But Santana is a delicate case simply because of the investment the team has in him and the fragility of his health – they’re ultimately responsible for having a complete understanding of his (and everyone else’s) status and ability at all times and both and manage his situation accordingly.