“A second official with knowledge of [Johan Santana's] rehab plan said the left-hander originally intended to pick up a baseball for the first time following shoulder surgery in late January. But a quicker recovery so far has led to a decision to begin tossing early next month instead.”
~ Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Well, if that’s true, the sooner he gets back, the happier I’ll be.
That said, I am going to be careful not to have high expectations for a sooner-than-expected return, nor will I expect him to be the Santana of old right off the bat. Shoulder injuries are always sticky, and less of a certainty to return to form than other types of injuries. I expect it will take quite some time for him to get back into “game shape” and return to form.
Rubin says Santana could begin playing in rehab games in May, with a possible return to the big leagues in June.