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Friday, June 14, 2013
Johan visits Mets at Citi Field

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana, who will spend much of the summer rehabbing in Manhattan at the Hospital for Special Surgery, visited teammates in the early afternoon at Citi Field.

On April 2, Santana underwent surgery for the second time to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. Terry Collins said Santana's progress is ahead of the previous procedure at the same point.

Regardless, Santana's Mets tenure is essentially over. He does not even have a locker any longer at Citi Field. Santana will be a free agent after this season, once the Mets spend $5.5 million to buy out a 2014 option.

Santana has resolved to return to the majors, although he is definitely out until sometime next season at the earliest. Whether he is able to pitch again given the gravity of the shoulder procedure is an open question.

"He's feels better than where he was at this point with his first surgery, which is a great sign," Collins said. "He has a great attitude. He can't wait to continue and hopefully come back and pitch again."

As for what Santana is doing two months after surgery, Collins said: "Some cardio stuff. He's doing the rehab things with some therapists. His flexibility is good. He feels great about it. He told me, the first surgery he had, at this particular stage he couldn't even get his arm over his head. And now he can do that and do some other things. So he's very, very happy where he's at."