New York Mets Weekly Notes: 8/4/12

Johan Santana Update

Johan Santana threw a successful bullpen session Thursday and will have a rehab start on Sunday with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Santana is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue and a sprained ankle. Mets’ officials have stated that Santana is progressing well. Santana is expected to throw three innings on Sunday and should he experience no set backs, Santana could start on Thursday or Friday.

“He threw good, he feels great.” said Mets manager Terry Collins when asked about his ace.

Omar Minaya Not in His Office for Series against the Mets

San Diego Padres Senior VP of Baseball Operations Omar Minaya was and will not be at Petco Park this weekend as his former employer New York Mets will be in town. Minaya was the Mets general manager from 2005 to 2010.

Frank Francisco Activated, Tim Byrdak to the DL

Sidelined since June 23rd, Mets closer Frank Francisco has been activated from the disabled list. Francisco is recovering from an oblique injury suffered during the Subway Series against the New York Yankees in which he called the home town rivals “chickens”.

After his name was thrown into trade rumors, the Mets have place Tim Byrdak on the 15 day DL but believes that the injury shouldn’t take two weeks to heal but understanding that Francisco is ready to pitch, Byrdak “didn’t want (manager) Terry (Collins) a man short.”

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