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Johan resumes mound work

Johan Santana

Johan Santana

#57 SP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM-
  • W-

  • L-

  • BB-

  • K-

  • ERA-

Johan Santana, who had halted his throwing off a mound after feeling uncomfortable during a June 2 session, resumed that work in recent days.

Santana had continued to long toss on flat ground even after the issue arose at the beginning of the month, so the hiccup was not viewed as dire. In fact, the Mets and Santana are taking a deliberate approach overall, mindful Santana is under contract for 2012 and 2013 as well.

"He's not going to mess around," an official familiar with Santana's rehab told ESPNNewYork.com. "If he feels something, he's going to take it slow."

Santana, speaking with Mike Lupica on ESPN 1050 in New York on Monday, did not place a precise timetable on Santana's return to the majors, but did not rule out late July.

Santana underwent Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. That procedure, which Chien-Ming Wang and Mark Prior both underwent, historically has been difficult for pitchers to overcome.