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Johan Santana to start rehab Thursday

Updated: July 27, 2011, 4:11 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

CINCINNATI -- New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana will begin a rehab assignment in the Florida State League on Thursday.

Santana, who underwent Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, is due to throw 45 pitches for Class A St. Lucie against the Daytona Cubs.

That activity starts a 30-day clock for Santana to be activated, so he appears likely to be back in the majors in late August barring any setbacks.

Santana threw a bullpen ...

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