UPDATE: According to Rubin, Santana will throw three innings in a rehab start Sunday with Class A Brooklyn. He’s on track to return next Saturday.
7:44 PM: The Mets recently decided to give Johan Santana a bit of a break following an ankle injury which led to some arm fatigue, but he could be back in the starting rotation one week from today.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Santana will make a minor league rehab start on Sunday or Monday. Assuming all goes well, this could put him on track to return from the disabled list next Friday or Saturday against the Braves.
Santana was knocked around for six runs over three innings in his last start on July 20 against the Dodgers and allowed six runs or more in each of his last three starts prior to being placed on the disabled list. The Mets believe his lack of effectiveness was due to him putting extra stress on his arm to compensate for an ankle injury suffered on July 6. The 33-year-old southpaw has a 3.98 ERA and 105/38 K/BB ratio over 19 starts this season after missing all of last year rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.