The New York Mets are a franchise desperately in need of some good news, and general manager Sandy Alderson did not provide that Tuesday when discussing the franchise's ace starting pitcher, Johan Santana.
"We think he's going to be ready [Opening Day], but he might not be," Alderson said.
That really is not the kind of news Mets fans want to hear. On the heels of losing shortstop Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins via free agency, with the team's finances still a mess and facing the prospect of another miserable, rebuilding season fans could use a bit of good cheer.
The prospect of Santana being sidelined when the season begins is definitely not that. The 32-year-old lefty missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September of 2010.
Santana has two seasons remaining on the six-year, $137 million contract he signed with the Mets prior to the 2008 season.