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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Santana ready to resume mound work

By Adam Rubin

Johan Santana, who was shut down with shoulder discomfort days after tossing three scoreless innings in a July 28 game with Class A St. Lucie, was scheduled to resume throwing off a mound in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. Santana long-tossed a baseball at 100 feet Monday in anticipation of resuming mound work.

The hope is Santana will get in one official minor league rehab game before those seasons end the first week of September. Santana then could pitch in the fall instructional league in his hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., which begins Sept. 18, and even participate in a comparable fall league in the Dominican Republic afterward.

With the Mets' season ending Sept. 28, the likelihood is Santana will not appear in a major league game this season, but it's not being written off. "Too hard to say," a team insider said.

Winter ball in Venezuela is an option open for discussion, but that is several steps down the road.