In-Game: Quotes from Johan Santana after his start today

Johan Santana tossed 29 pitches in two innings today against the Cardinals, including two sliders and two change ups, during which he allowed one hit and walked one batter

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3:57 pm: To see Santana’s talk with reporters about his outing, watch this:

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2:35 pm: Johan Santana talked to reporters after his start and said he feels good and confident he will be able to make his next scheduled start in five games.

“It’s good to know I am able to throw all of my pitches without a problem,” Santana said, noting that today was the first time in a long time that he threw a slider in an actual game. “I focused on my mechanics, and doing the right things.”

He said he was mostly trying to throw all of his pitches and get a feel for the mound  today, all of which he was able to do. He also admitted to being a bit anxious before today’s start.

Lastly, Santana said he expects his location, command and velocity to improve with each start he makes this Spring Training.

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2:02 pm: A scout in attendance told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that Santana looked good today. “He looked bit amped up in the first innings,” the scout said to Rubin. “He threw some excellent changeups in second. I’d be very encouraged.”

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1: 48 pm: Matthew Cerrone: The bad news is that Johan Santana looked a bit erratic today, missing up in the zone and bouncing several balls in the dirt.

The good news is that he hit 90 mph, while dropping to 78 mph at one point with his change up. Also, it’s only Spring Training. And, most important, he pitched in a real game action, using all of his pitches, and his arm didn’t fall off. Of course, tomorrow is the real test, as they say.

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