News: Johan on Thursday, Pelfrey on Saturday

Following today’s game, Jerry Manuel announced that Johan Santana will make his first start of the spring this Thursday night against the Marlins.

Santana threw a successful side session today, in which he used all of his pitches, including his slider.

Thursday night’s game will air live on SNY.

Speaking of starting pitchers…

David Lennon of Newsday and Adam Rubin of the Daily News both write that Mike Pelfrey could return to the rotation on Saturday, following a side session on Wednesday.

According to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, if all goes well for Pelfrey on Wednesday, he will start on Saturday.

That said, the Mets have yet to confirm Pelfrey’s schedule.