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Johan Santana not ready for return

Updated: March 13, 2013, 9:11 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The New York Mets celebrated Johan Santana's birthday Wednesday morning with a quick team-wide gathering in a conference room and a cake with "34" on top.

The southpaw already had realized this spring training that age is catching up with him as a pitcher.

Santana has not been atop a mound in seven days, since he tried to ramp things up for a second time in spring training and his shoulder again told him he was not quite ready.

He ...

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