We have a Johan Santana update courtesy of Tara Sullivan, who is soaking up the sun and embarking on the long ride to Lakeland:
Johan Santana continued to downplay the seriousness of the soreness in his left elbow, but on Saturday, the Mets’ ace admitted he might not be ready for opening day. For now, his spring training is on hold.
“We have 162 games for what we want to accomplish,” Santana said, the day after his expected spring training debut was cancelled. “Everything starts April 6. Whether it’s going to be me or anyone else, it’s tough to say right now.”
Santana met with manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya early Saturday morning and said the decision to be supremely cautious with his pitching arm is unanimous.
“I’d rather take my time,” he said. “I haven’t even faced any live hitters.”
Santana is still scheduled to throw a light bullpen session on Sunday, and said he is curious to see how much tightness he feels afterwards. Though he said no MRI is currently planned, no one was ready to rule that out for the future. “I don’t know what the medical decision will be. Right now I’m just following treatments,” he said. “I’ll do the light bullpen (Sunday) and go from there.”
Santana said he’d like to get “two or three” live bullpen sessions before pitching in a game. – TARA SULLIVAN