Johan Santana set for rehab start

Updated: September 2, 2011, 10:44 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

WASHINGTON -- New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana is ready to resume pitching in the minor leagues, more than a month after his last attempt.

Santana, who is trying to return from Sept. 14, 2010 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, will pitch for Class A St. Lucie in the Florida State League on Saturday, the Mets announced Friday.

Santana is due to toss two innings and roughly 40 pitches.

The left-hander tossed three scoreless innings for that Florida State League club on July 28, but was shut down days later after experiencing discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder. He returned to a mound roughly 10 days ago.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said there is a small chance Santana could pitch an inning or two in the majors before the Mets' season ends Sept. 28. But the concern is readying Santana for a return in 2012, and major league activity this year is not a priority.

Santana is signed for two more seasons, with a team option for 2014.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets from ESPNNewYork.com.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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