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.
The Mets opened up a four-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday night, the last leg of their 10-game road trip. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who grew up in nearby Wyoming, got his first start in Colorado, so he bought about 75 tickets for friends and family for the series, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Batting leadoff, Nimmo fittingly led off the game by hitting an inside-the-park home run, drilling an 0-2 cutter from Tyler Anderson to right-center field. The ball didn’t take the carom that right fielder Carlos Gonzalez expected, so Nimmo circled the bases easily to complete his 11th home run of the season.
The 25-year-old Nimmo has proven to be a spark plug for the underachieving Mets. Entering play Monday, he was batting .274/.402/.565 in 204 plate appearances. Nimmo hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, helping the Mets overcome the Diamondbacks.