Johan Santana strong in rehab start

Updated: July 29, 2011, 9:16 AM ET
By Bill Whitehead | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Johan Santana shouldered the load for the St. Lucie Mets on Thursday night at Digital Domain Park -- at least in the early part of the Florida State League game.

Santana, fully healed from shoulder surgery last September, was strong in his first rehab start, firing three scoreless innings at the Daytona Cubs in high Class A St. Lucie's 3-1 win in front of 3,857 fans.

Seated at a locker occupied by catcher Josh Thole during spring training, Santana fielded questions ...

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