Johan Santana is still working on a comeback

Associated Press

Johan Santana hasn’t pitched in the majors since August 17, 2012, but he’s still working on a comeback. Jon Heyman reports Johan Santana is in the early stages of a throwing program and that he could be ready to pitch in a game by midseason.

Santana underwent shoulder surgery in April of 2013. Then he was trying to come back with the Orioles in 2014 before suffering a season-ending Achilles tear. He signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays this February 2015 after a brief stint in the Venezuelan Winter League, but he ended his comeback bid in June after a toe infection slowed his throwing program. The guy has just been snakebitten.

Could he pitch again? I wouldn’t bet a lot on it. But he does throw with his left arm and he certainly hasn’t forgotten what he knew back when he won two Cy Young Awards, so I wouldn’t bet it all against him either.