Johan Santana hasn't been seen in the major leagues since Sept. 2, 2010, but the New York Mets are confident they'll have their former ace back soon. The 32-year-old threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session today and looked good. The Mets plan to have him ready for opening day.
"I don't think there's any question," manager Terry Collins told CBS.
Santana went 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA for the Mets in 2010, but he then missed all of the 2011 season recovering from rotator cuff surgery. It's been a long road back for Santana, who's entering year five of a six-year, $137.5 million contract in the Big Apple.
"If he gives us 25-28 starts, we'll be a lot better," Collins said of the Mets, who went 77-85 to finish fourth in the NL East last season without Santana. Santana has a career record of 133-69 with a 3.10 ERA and 1,877 strikeouts in 11 major league seasons. He won two AL Cy Young Awards during his eight years with the Minnesota Twins.