Mets have veto power over Johan Santana pitching in WBC

Johan Santana polaroidSandy Alderson said today that the Mets have veto power over whether Johan Santana pitches in the World Baseball Classic.

However, Alderson would not say either way whether that is something the team intended to do.

“It’s a complicated situation, just because of his injury and the fact that he did not pitch at the end of last season,” Alderson said today. “As a result, he has to go through a physical and a review panel. But ultimately he needs our permission to play. And what we’re going to do is take a look at it over the next few days.”

Santana is hugely popular in Venezuela, and he has said this winter that he would like to participate in the tournament, which begins at the end of this month.

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, “Team insiders paint it as unlikely Santana will don the Venezuelan uniform in the March tournament.