Mets left-hander Johan Santana took another big step forward on Sunday afternoon in Mets camp, throwing 72 pitches from a mound without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in the shoulder that he had surgically repaired back in September of 2010.
This according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
Santana is slated to throw long toss on Wednesday of this week before throwing live batting practice to Mets hitters on Friday. If both of those workouts go well, he should be cleared to make his first Grapefruit League appearance March 6 against the Cardinals.
The Mets are hoping that Santana will be able to maintain good health for 20-25 starts this season. The 32-year-old has a sparkling 3.10 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 in 339 career major league appearances.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.