Sandy Alderson refused to classify it as a setback, but the Mets general manager did reveal that Johan Santana felt discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder while throwing off a mound on June 3 and has slowed his rehab timetable.
Santana hasn’t thrown off a mound since then, although he also hasn’t been examined by a doctor (which seems like a relatively good sign).
Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that he’s been long-tossing at the Mets’ spring training complex and could get back on a mound at some point later this week.
For now the June 3 issue seems like merely routine soreness following surgery, although even small setbacks (or hiccups or whatever Alderson would approve of calling it) decreases the odds of Santana rejoining the Mets’ rotation by the end of July.
The Mets have scratched Jacob deGrom from tonight’s start against the San Diego Padres because of the risk of rain in New York. Rafael Montero will start in deGrom’s place.
Manager Terry Collins said there is no physical issue with deGrom, but that because of the chance of rain, he didn’t want to risk a short outing. de Grom will start Friday’s game against the Pirates.
Earlier today we talked about how David Price was knocked around in a minor league rehab start. Apparently he felt good while being knocked around because he’s going to make a start for the Red Sox on Monday afternoon against the White Sox.
Healthy is all that truly matters at this point, what with Drew Pomeranz struggling and Steven Wright out for the year. The Sox need someone to eat some innings at the moment. If it takes him a bit to get super sharp, well, so be it.