Johan Santana “felt really good” after first bullpen session

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Johan Santana took the mound today for the first time since September and threw a 25-pitch bullpen session with catcher Josh Thole, saying afterward that his surgically repaired shoulder “felt really good.”

Santana appeared in multiple minor-league games last season before setbacks ruined his plan of returning in August or September, so simply throwing a couple dozen pitches off a mound probably doesn’t mean much. But it’s at least a step in the right direction.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Santana is scheduled to throw again Tuesday and pitching coach Dan Warthem is hoping that he’ll be able to throw every five days throughout spring training.