Sunday, July 10, 2011
ESPN: Johan Santana close to throwing to batters
Alderson has described the next stage as spring-training-like, although he acknowledged that needs better definition.
“Some people have been thinking of spring training as say March 1 to March 31 -- actual pitching in games,” Alderson said. “Others have thought of it as the six weeks, pitchers and catchers, etc. We’ll try to get a little more precise over the next week or so. As I said I think a few days ago, we’re not looking for Johan to ride in here and be a major factor in this season.”
In-the-know people in the organization remain skeptical of what Santana will contribute this season as he attempts to return from Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.
On the subject of timetables, Alderson said: “There’s no real precision here, as we’ve learned in a number of instances this season with respect to injuries. I think we’re very encouraged that he’s been throwing bullpens and has felt great immediately after, and days after. So I think we’re going to reevaluate where he is over the next several days to try to get something more definitive, but it’s very encouraging with Johan.”
Source: Adam Rubin/ESPN