Johan Santana’s plans for this week have changed several times–or at least reports of his plans have changed several times–but now he’s officially scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with a start tomorrow at high Single-A.
That will start the 30-day clock on his rehab stint, which means barring a setback Santana is on track to return from the disabled list by August 28, which would be just over 11 months since shoulder surgery.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Santana will throw around 45 pitches in his first outing since beating the Braves with five innings of one-run ball on September 2 of last season.
Presumably he’ll make a handful of rehab starts, gradually building back his arm strength and increasing his pitch count, and then rejoin the Mets’ rotation for a half-dozen or so starts down the stretch. Santana is owed $55 million for the next two seasons, so the primary goal for the Mets should be getting him healthy and ready for 2012.
The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.
Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.
The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.
The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.
This is the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month. He came back from that quickly, but it can’t be great that this is happening again. You have to assume he’ll miss more time given the recurrence of trouble. He’s going to get an MRI too. Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants’ closer while Melancon is sidelined.
Melancon has a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances this year. He signed a four-year, $62 million deal with San Francisco last December.