Johan Santana to Pitch Saturday

After rehabbing with the Brooklyn Cyclones in which he hurled three shut out innings, Johan Santana will come off the 15-day disabled list to pitch against the Atlanta Braves Saturday evening.

Santana is recovering from an ankle injury suffered against the Cubs. Due to the numbness in his ankle, Santana relied too much on his shoulder and was forced to exert more energy from his shoulder and cause fatigue thus landing him on the disabled list.

Santana was put on a pitch count each start after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, but saw that limit disappear when he pieced together the first no-hitter in franchise history.

Now that the organization has it’s no-hitter and a very slim chance of making the playoffs this season, manager Terry Collins will limit Santana to 90 pitches.

“He hasn’t hit 90 in a while, so I think the rest has been good for him.” said Collins.

Regardless of the pitch count, the Mets are looking for their Ace to stop the home woes as the Mets have one victory in their last ten home games. Collins will monitor Santana’s pitch count the rest of the way and has already spoken about Santana’s throwing program going into this off season.

“I really believe that with Johan now knowing that his shoulder is healthy, he doesn’t have to start the process so early as he did this past year, He was playing long toss in December, throwing in January. This year he probably won’t start until Feb. 1, a throwing program. So it allows him to have a couple of months to rest things up. Next summer we may have to shut him down for a little while just to give him a blow. But I certainly think going into next year he’ll be in much better shape.”, stated Collins.

Of course, a Santana in better shape equals a better shot at serious October baseball.

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