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Monday, August 1, 2011
Santana start pushed back

By Ian Begley

Johan Santana's rehab start has been tentatively pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday due to a lack of strength in his left arm.

Sandy Alderson said Santana reported the arm issue on Monday. Alderson described the delay as more of a schedule tweak than a set-back.

"He came back, didn't feel quite as strong as he would've liked. So rather than force it [we're] backing off a day," he said on Monday. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow. But again, we're not, I wouldn't view that as a set-back necessarily; I think it's a tweak in the schedule. We'll know tomorrow whether it constitutes something more significant."

Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder last September. He has missed 108 games (and counting) due to the injury.

The Mets are still hoping that Santana will return at some point this season.

Last Thursday, in his first rehab start, Santana allowed two hits and plunked a batter in three scoreless innings while striking out three. He required only 33 pitches for the three innings, under the cap of 45. Reports had Santana at 89-90 mph, with a dip in his final frame.