Johan Santana Says September Return Likely

Johan Santana, who is rehabbing from last years left shoulder surgery, says he is on schedule for a September return to the big leagues.

He told the NY Post that any projections for pitching after the All Star break or in August were best-case scenarios.

I was told by Dr. [David] Altchek this was going to take up to a year, so it’s going to take me to Sept. 14,” said Santana, who underwent surgery on that date last year to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. “If I come back sooner, that would be great. If not, we’ll be fine. [Altchek] said there might be a possibility to come back within 10 months, but that was just a possibility. That was not a fact.”

The hopes are that August will bring a minor league rehab assignment. Rumors are already circulating that he will be pitching in Brooklyn for the Cyclones starting the 6th.

Santana says he still has faith in his Mets team and, spoken like a man who has $55 million left on his 2 year contract after this season, went on to say:

“Looking toward the future, we still have a pretty good chance to put a good team out there and compete.”

And if the Mets can’t get it done in 2 years, Santana will find anther team who can.

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  1. Timo July 22, 2011 at 10:59 am
    Johan should take off the whole season. I know he wants to play baseball but he can’t come back sooner and risk injury again. Also, I agree with him on the Mets being a “good” team, but we are not a great team. So, we’ll be around 500 hundred until his contract runs out. The Mets will have sucked all the great years from Johan. If you pitch him this year it’s to show clubs he’s heathly and then TRADE HIM! Free up his money for other signing. We need more help than Johan can bring. Also, he’s not a #1 anymore.
    • Mike T July 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm
      I think if he can get healthy he should pitch. Go into a winter league in the Caribbean and/or the Arizona Fall League and continue to rehab and pitch. Be careful, but the important thing is that he pitches and feel good going into ST next year.
  2. Joe July 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm
    “spoken like a man who has $55 million left on his 2 year contract after this season”

    Damn that’s depressing.