Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets are eyeing the March 5 Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals in Port St. Lucie for Johan Santana's return to game action.
Getting the nod for the first inning of exhibition play isn't any particular honor being bestowed upon Santana. Instead, it merely lines him up for working every fifth day, then pitching Opening Day on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (One extra day is worked into the schedule to allow for a rainout along the way.)
Santana threw his second bullpen session of spring training Tuesday. He resumed throwing off a mound after a winter hiatus.