Mets left-hander Johan Santana departed his Thursday start against the Braves with a strained pectoral muscle.
The 31-year-old threw a bullpen session Sunday and reported feeling fine, but a decision won’t be made about his scheduled Tuesday appearance against the Nationals until he consults with team doctors later today.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel told the Associated Press that Santana will be scratched at any sign of any lingering pain or discomfort, which makes sense given that the club sits 13 games back in the National League East. There’s no point in risking serious injury.
Santana, 31, has a 10-9 record, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 29 starts this season. He’s fanned 144 batters and walked only 55 in 199 innings.
According to MLB.com associate reporter Jarrid Denney, right-hander Michael Pineda threw off a mound Wednesday morning at Target Field for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Pineda was signed to a two-year, $10 million free agent contract this winter by the Twins, who are probably more focused on what he might be able to do in 2019 rather than 2018.
He had the reconstructive elbow surgery last July 18, so he won’t be an option for the Minnesota rotation until probably late August or September of this year. Still, that deal seems like a nice gamble given the price point and the possibility that he will regain his form as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. That he’s making steady progress in his rehab makes the situation all the more encouraging.
Pineda, 29, holds a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 687 strikeouts in 680 career major league innings.