So, Johan Santana is having major surgery. How major? Injury expert Will Carroll is promising a writeup over at Baseball Prospectus on Monday, but he provided a link to an explanation of the rehab program for the surgery Santana is getting. There’s a lot of jargon in there, but it’s pretty clear that the time table for the rehab is 24 weeks, though he can — according to the linked article — throw at 20 weeks, which is mid-February.
But note that is “throwing,” not “pitching.” And it’s worth noting that the press release regarding Santana’s injury
said that he would begin “throwing” by spring training. In light of that, it’s an open question whether Santana will be ready to pitch
on Opening Day 2011. It’s also an open question if he’ll be the old
Johan Santana or if he will be but a shell of himself following what
appears to be major surgery.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.