Johan Santana threw from 120 feet, Niese is Opening Day alternative

Johan Santana polaroidToday at Tradition Field, Johan Santana threw from 120 feet, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Santana will increase that distance to 150 feet and later will increase it to 180 feet.

However, Collins said on WFAN while he still expects Santana to pitch on Opening Day, Jon Niese would be the alternative if Santana isn’t ready.

Yesterday, Terry Collins said Johan Santana was on target to make his first Spring Training start on March 10 or March 11, according to Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger.

Last week, the Mets delayed Santana’s first spring start so he could build more arm strength. Sandy Alderson said Santana hasn’t experienced any pain and there is no structural damage in his shoulder.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Feb. 28: Assuming Santana doesn’t suffer any further setbacks and he does start pitching in games on or around March 10, he will have four starts before Opening Day, with his last start coming around March 25. It’s technically possible for him to accumulate enough innings in those five starts to get ready. But I still have major concerns about Santana’s ability to be ready for the start of the season, whether it’s Opening Day or sometime during the first part of April.