Johan Santana's Elbow Isn't Fully Recovered from Surgery

According to the Daily News, Johan Santana’s hasn’t fully recovered from last year’s operation to clean up bone chips in his elbow.

…i’m not surprised at all by this…his velocity just isn’t where it was, and there are times, especially lately, when he’s lacked command of his change-up, floating it in the middle of the strike zone…

Santana told the News:

“After the last surgery I am still recovering from it…Having bone chips in my elbow changed my mechanics a little bit. But I feel much better now…I am making progress and I’m adjusting.”

…i don’t know if he’s in any pain, but from what i understand of this kind of surgery, it’s a matter of gaining back full strength in the triceps and forearm…his issues with velocity don’t concern me as much as having consistent command does…he could throw his fastball 97 mph and have a deadly changeup, but if he hangs either one of them, it doesn’t matter how fast or slow the pitch is…it’s all about command and speed differential…

Santana is confident he will soon regain the velocity he had prior to the injury, as he said it took him a while after having elbow surgery prior to the 2004 season to regain his form.

…the difference now is he’s six years older, so i have to believe a return to form is a little less certain…nevertheless, outside of two or three innings this season, Santana has been phenomenal, as it appears he’s made a fine adjustment to the lack of velocity…

Santana will be making his first start against the Twins today since being dealt to the Mets in February, 2008.