Johan Santana might not return to the Mets this season

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Here’s manager Terry Collins, speaking Saturday with beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

“There are no plans on seeing [Johan Santana] here except to possibly get some work in. If I don’t think he’s ready to pitch, I’m not gonna pitch him.

I’m really excited about his progress. I think it’s great that he’s feeling better. We may get more out of the fact that he goes through instructional leagues and builds his pitch count and arm strength.”

Santana, who underwent major shoulder surgery last September, allowed just one unearned run Friday in a three-inning rehab appearance at Low-A Savannah. He’s making progress, but not quickly enough.

The 32-year-old left-hander is under contract at a whopping $24 million in 2012 and $25.5 million in 2013.