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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Alderson says Johan Santana on his own schedule, if needed

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the club would adjust its plans for Johan Santana daily, depending on how he felt, rather than keeping him on a strict rehabilitation schedule.

Santana pitched in his first game of the year Tuesday. He lasted two innings and said he felt fine afterward. But he and his coaches have said all along that the subsequent days after throwing are more important than the throwing itself.

“He’s not going to do anything today,” Alderson said of Santana. “He’s going to get a massage, do some other light activity. So I’m not sure there’s anything we’ll know today.”

Alderson added: “Tomorrow, we’ll see how he feels, and it’s possible that his workout will be tailored to how he feels. But we won’t know that till tomorrow.”

Manager Terry Collins has said he hoped Santana, who has not pitched for the team since 2010, could be the Mets’ starter on opening day.

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