This morning, Johan Santana told reporters today he spoke with Sandy Alderson to clear the air about his preparedness for Spring Training.
Santana said he is feeling fine, holds no ill-will towards the front office, and will soon assess if he can throw a bullpen session this weekend.
“As far as setting dates, I’m not to that point,” Santana said, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Santana told Rubin he and the team were in alignment on his conditioning program all winter, and it was them who told him to go home and rest in August.
“They told me to relax and go home and just take some time off. And that’s what I did. And then I started getting back in my conditioning and all that, but not into pitching,” Santana explained.
Santana said it takes time to build up the proper pitching strength in order to get into a full throwing program - since he did not throw all winter, he simply wasn’t prepared to go through normal cycles at camp and the arm fatigue is a result of that.
Update, 4:10 pm: Terry Collins told reporters Santana is not close to pitching in games right now.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:1:06 pm: I’m glad everyone is putting this drama behind them. It became a finger pointing match when the most pressing issue was ensuring Santana is healthy and on-track to get ready for the season. Based on what both Collins and Alderson have said over the last couple of weeks, it’s looking like Santana won’t be ready until after Opening Day, and possibly mid-April. That’s fine, as long as Santana is healthy, and it’s strictly a matter of him getting into game shape.
Previous updates on this story...
Mar. 2: Sandy Alderson told reporters he was disappointed Santana seemed unprepared to pitch at the start of Spring Training.
Mar. 3: Santana threw a voluntary and unscheduled bullpen session the next morning, although he only threw 15 pitches and the catcher was situated in front of the plate.
- Mar. 7: Alderson said on SiriusXM Radio last week Santana might be pushed back to the second turn through the rotation, if necessary.
Mar. 9: Santana experienced arm fatigue a few days later and has not thrown off a mound since March 3. The Mets then decided to scale back Santana’s program, and to go only at Santana’s pace.
Mar. 9: Terry Collins would not rule out the possibility of Santana starting the season on the disabled list, and said Jon Niese would start on Opening Day if Santana is not ready.