Johan Santana threw a voluntary bullpen session on Sunday

Johan Santana 2 polaroidAfter today’s 4-2 loss to the Braves, Terry Collins told reporters Johan Santana took it upon himself to throw a bullpen session on Sunday – he was not scheduled to pitch.

Collins felt his voluntary bullpen session was “unnecessary,” and it was his attempt to prove people wrong about his preparedness.

Collins would rather Santana play his situation safe rather than to try to prove people wrong.

“I just said, ‘Look, we’re going to do this the right way. We’re not going to hurt you. We’re not going to get you injured. I don’t care how upset you are about things, we’re going to do this the proper way. And April 1 is only a date on the calendar. It doesn’t mean anything if you’re not ready,’” Collins said he told Santana.

This past Saturday, Sandy Alderson said the Mets and Johan Santana agreed that Santana should scale back his off-season workout plan. However, Alderson then said he was disappointed that Santana arrived to camp not ready to pitch.

Alderson said yesterday it would be ten days before Santana appears in a game.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Between the off-season plan and yesterday’s voluntary bullpen session, there just seems to be a disconnect between the player and the team here; this is my main concern in this entire equation, above anything else.

I get that Santana is a veteran, he has his own routines and his own off-season strategy to get ready, and it’s fine the team places faith in his ability to prepare during the off-season and during camp. I also recognize and admire Santana’s athleticism, dedication, work ethic, and competitiveness; I doubt anyone in the organization is questioning that from him.

But Santana is a delicate case simply because of the investment the team has in him and the fragility of his health; it should be understood he needs to be monitored regardless of his health status, his stature on the team or in the league, or even what he is actually telling them. They’re ultimately responsible for having a complete understanding of his (and everyone else’s) status and ability at all times and control the situation when there is disagreement in the process.

At some point, the Mets have to act like the boss, whether its about Santana or any other player. If they don’t like something which is or has taken place, step in, find a solution together, and create some alignment so everyone is on the same page. Otherwise, everyone stands to lose on both sides.