Mets left-hander Johan Santana tried to complete a minor league rehab assignment back in July, but he quickly felt lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder and was shut down for a big chunk of August. Now he’s back at it.
According to David Lennon of New York’s Newsday, Santana took a big step in the right direction Saturday, tossing two innings in an early-afternoon rehab game at Single-A St. Lucie. He allowed three hits and a run, but the veteran southpaw reported no issues with his shoulder and is likely to make an appearance of similar length next Friday. It was his first live game since July 28.
Santana is still optimistic about returning to the major leagues in late September for a couple of relief appearances, but he’ll have to avoid setbacks and continue making progress to reach that goal.
Santana, 32, had a 2.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 144/55 K/BB ratio in 29 starts for the Mets last season.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.
Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.
Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.