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Mets Expect Johan Santana To Be Healthy For Spring Training

The Mets expect former Cy Young winner and veteran pitcher, Johan Santana, to be ready for Spring Training after missing all of 2011 with injury.

Johan Santana of the New York Mets should be OK for Spring Training, according to GM Sandy Alderson. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Johan Santana of the New York Mets should be OK for Spring Training, according to GM Sandy Alderson. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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According to Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson, the New York Mets expect former ace Johan Santana to be ready for Spring Training after missing all of last season.

"Right now we expect him to go through a normal spring training, but the ultimate test is going be how he responds and whether he's able to come back, as I said, on normal days' rest," Alderson said. "I don't think that's anything we can predict with any accuracy. I certainly can't assure you that that's going to happen, but that's certainly what we hope and right now what we expect."

Santana has battled injuries during the back end of his career and has not pitched a Major League game since September of 2010.

The former Cy Young Award winner won 11 games with a 2.98 ERA during his last full season in 2010. Despite his low ERA Santana struck out only 6.51 batters per nine innings – his lowest output since 2001. His average fastball was only 89 MPH that season, down from a career average of 91.