Johan Santana throws two scoreless innings in his return
Johan Santana returned to action for the New York Mets yesterday throwing two scoreless innings in a split-squad spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Santana has had multiple shoulder surgeries and this outing gave Mets fans a glimpse of hope for Santana.
According to ESPN Florida this was Santana’s first time pitching to major league hitters since Sept. 2, 2010. He walked the first batter he saw but overall he threw 17 strikes and 12 balls. Santana allowed just one more base runner, a single to Mark Hamilton.
Santana was working on a potential comeback to the team last June but he was shut down after throwing five innings for the Class A St. Lucie Mets.
STL Today reports Santana’s fastball ranged from 87 to 90 mph. He got Yadier Molina to strike out on a 1-2 changeup, which is his signature strike out pitch.
It is no secret that the Mets are tied up with the Madoff Ponzi scheme but with a possible healthy Johan Santana the fans can focus their attention to the field. Santana is a former two time Cy Young Award winner. The Mets rotation could use some of that Cy Young form for the upcoming 2012 season.
Mets manager Terry Collins said, “This has been a great camp so far, but that might be the most positive day we had.”
The key for Santana is to see how he feels after each outing.