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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Johan doesn't participate in workout

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Johan Santana did not join teammates for the morning workout before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros.

Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins may address the issue postgame. A team insider said there was no major setback, but thought Santana might be slowed.

Jeremy Hefner starts against the Astros, and it's not a leap to expect he likely will open the season in the rotation, with Santana on the DL.

The Mets had targeted Thursday for Santana's first Grapefruit League action.

Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) said he now expects to throw off a mound for the first time in spring training on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck below the right elbow with a pitch Friday, participated in the full morning workout and said he was fine.