In a recent post to Twitter, Johan Santana said he has begun to throw for the first time since Spring Training.
Santana underwent a second surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder in April, and missed the entire 2013 season.
The Mets must decide by the end of October whether to pick up Santana’s $25 million option for 2014, which they are instead expected to buyout for $5.5 million, while making him a free agent.
Last week, Sandy Alderson said he would consider bringing back Santana on a new free-agent contract.
“I don’t really know what Johan’s thinking,” Alderson told WFAN. “We’ll talk to him, I’m sure, over the next couple of weeks, but I think he wants to pitch. We’ll just have to see what the market is for these guys and how much of our resources we want to allocate to somebody coming off injury or somebody you hope was able to pitch for you at a higher level.”
Santana missed all of 2013 after having a second surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. It has been more than a year since he pitched in a big-league game, yet reports indicate he intends to play in 2014.
To read Matthew Cerrone’s thoughts on the possibility of Santana returning, click here.