Johan Santana enters Monday's start against the San Francisco Giants coming off his shortest career start, having recorded only four outs while being charged with six runs (four earned) in Atlanta last Tuesday.
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"I wanted to pitch the next day after that start. Just put it that way," Santana said Sunday morning. "But that's not the way it is. It was just a bad outing. That's all it is. You just put it back and hope the next one you can bounce back and do better."
Santana, whose velocity was consistent with other starts during the Turner Field debacle, said his shoulder remains no concern.
"That's definitely not the way you wanted to do it," Santana said of the 1 1/3 inning start against the Braves. "I definitely want to help and go deeper in the game. I'm still working my way back to go deeper into the games. But, at the same time, they want to make sure that everything is fine and I don't put too much pressure on my shoulder, which is understandable. At the same time, I want to compete. They're watching from the outside, so they're able to tell and know when to stop. There's nothing wrong. I'll just turn the page and go back and start a new one."
If Sunday's game is rained out, Santana would have the choice of pitching Game 1 or Game 2 of an expected Monday doubleheader, with Dillon Gee getting the other game, Terry Collins said.
A Sunday rainout would require a spot starter for Friday's series opener at Colorado.
It also would mean Santana is not necessarily going to be required to pitch on standard rest for the first time this season when the Mets arrive in Denver. Instead, Gee could pitch Saturday and Santana could go on Sunday against the Rockies. Without a rainout, Santana would pitch Monday against San Francisco and Saturday against Colorado.