Here’s the latest on Johan Santana, and it looks good.
Santana pitched against Mets minor-leaguers for four innings today in his second outing since knee surgery. He allowed two runs and six hits in four innings, striking out five and walking none. He gave up three doubles and threw 40 of 56 pitches for strikes.
“I felt pretty good, because I was able to throw a lot of strikes,” Santana told the Associated Press. “Even though they were swinging to a lot of them, they were aggressive, and that’s what you want to see, what kind of approaches they take, and then try to slow the game down.”
The two-time Cy Young Award winner had hoped to pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. After being slowed by elbow tightness, he made his first spring training outing last Thursday against Florida, giving up three runs and four hits in 2 2-3 innings.
“To me, it’s all getting ready for Opening Day,” Santana said. “I know my mind-set is opening day, but I have to build everything up for that day.”
Santana reported no problems with the elbow, which caused him to miss two scheduled starts. He hopes to start the April 6 opener at Cincinnati.
“We’re still working,” he said. “I don’t work by percentages or anything, but I think we still have room to improve and get better, and that’s what we are focusing on right now.”