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Inside Johan Santana's comeback

Surgery cost him a year, but ace is ready to shoulder the burden on Opening Day

Updated: April 5, 2012, 8:58 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen spotted Johan Santana flinching in discomfort while striking out Omar Infante to end the fifth inning at Turner Field in Atlanta on Sept. 2, 2010. Yet as he rested on a table in the visitors' clubhouse, while trainer Ray Ramirez stretched his left arm, Santana didn't want to leave the game.

"You all right?" Warthen asked.

"I'm going back out there. I'm going back out there," Santana replied.

"Are ...

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