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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Johan Santana will resume mound work

According to Adan Rubin of ESPN NY,   Johan Santana long-tossed a baseball at 100 feet Monday in anticipation of resuming mound work.

Santana, who was shut down with shoulder discomfort days after tossing three scoreless innings in a July 28 game with Class A St. Lucie, was scheduled to resume throwing off a mound in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday.

The hope is Santana will get in one official minor league rehab game before those seasons end the first week of September. Santana then could pitch in the fall instructional league in his hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., which begins Sept. 18, and even participate in a comparable fall league in the Dominican Republic afterward.

With the Mets' season ending Sept. 28, the likelihood is Santana will not appear in a major league game this season, but it's not being written off. "Too hard to say," a team insider said.

Winter ball in Venezuela is an option open for discussion, but that is several steps down the road.

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