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Questions surround Mets' rotation in '11

With ace Johan Santana out of action until summer, will the Amazin's be able to cope?

Updated: February 5, 2011, 9:46 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged last week that Johan Santana has yet to begin tossing a baseball following Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

The Mets also have acknowledged this much: They will have to make do without their ace until at least June or July.

Is the rest of the rotation up to the task in Santana's absence? That remains to be seen, although knuckleballer R.A. Dickey recently expressed optimism.

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