Sandy Alderson refused to classify it as a setback, but the Mets general manager did reveal that Johan Santana felt discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder while throwing off a mound on June 3 and has slowed his rehab timetable.
Santana hasn’t thrown off a mound since then, although he also hasn’t been examined by a doctor (which seems like a relatively good sign).
Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that he’s been long-tossing at the Mets’ spring training complex and could get back on a mound at some point later this week.
For now the June 3 issue seems like merely routine soreness following surgery, although even small setbacks (or hiccups or whatever Alderson would approve of calling it) decreases the odds of Santana rejoining the Mets’ rotation by the end of July.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?