After undergoing surgery in April to repair a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder, two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has begun a throwing program. The rehabbing southpaw provided the update via his Twitter account yesterday.
Santana is poised to become a free agent this winter, as it’s considered a formality for the Mets to pay a $5.5 million buyout rather than a $25.5 million option for 2014. The 34-year-old will almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year deal after his second surgery, but there should be plenty of interest if his rehab process goes smoothly. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said that he would consider bringing Santana back at a lower rate.
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: