Johan Santana resumes throwing off mound

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Johan Santana’s stopped throwing about one month ago after he experienced some soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder, but his rehab took a step in the right direction earlier this week.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Johan Santana threw a bullpen session Wednesday at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. If the southpaw is able to complete another bullpen session without discomfort, he is expected to advance to a “spring training-like” program.

While Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that Santana’s schedule has been “somewhat unpredictable,” the expectation is that he could return sometime in August if all goes well.

Entering play Friday, Mets’ starters ranked eighth in the National League with a 3.89 ERA. They were sixth with a 3.80 ERA last season.

Must-Click Link: The Best “Irony Jerseys”

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Our old friend Joe Posnanski tackles a venerable topic over at MLB.com: guys you totally forgot played for a given team. Mostly superstars who had brief stops at non-signature stations at the end of their careers. Or guys, like Mike Piazza and Reggie Jackson, who were with a team for a blink of an eye in between more famous way stations.

We’ve all had this conversation before: remember Willie Mays with the Mets? Doc Gooden with the Astros? John Smoltz with the Cardinals? Heck, I had forgotten about Smoltz with the Cardinals and he was a star on my favorite team once upon a time.

Posnanski calls them “Irony Jerseys.” That’s pretty appropriate, as one can totally imagine someone buying, say, that Dale Murphy Rockies jersey in the name of obscurity. Whatever you call it, it’s a good read.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get my Ted Simmons Braves jersey for a party at some place uptown that you’ve probably never heard of.

The Mariners and Cardinals make a minor trade

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The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.

O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.