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Santana scratched because of sore elbow

Updated: February 26, 2009, 1:47 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets ace Johan Santana was scratched from Friday morning's "B" game start against Italy because of tenderness in his pitching elbow.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said the decision was precautionary because Santana has a history of feeling elbow soreness this time of the year. Santana remains on track to make his regular exhibition game debut Tuesday.

"I am not trying to do anything crazy out there," Santana said. "I am going to take a couple days and relax ...

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