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    Johan Santana Back on the Hill for the Mets


    Johan Santana made his spring debut on Thursday against the Florida Marlins.  Santana is glad that it is finally over with.  Santana last 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs and 4 hits in the 16-8 loss.  He struck out 2 Marlins batters and hit a batter.  He did have a perfect 1st inning – throwing only 10 pitches.

    Santana had this to say about the outing:  “It’s just I had a little setback.  I worked out and did all the treatment I was supposed to do and got back on track.  I knew all along I was fine.  It was just a matter of time, getting the game situations and facing hitters, and tonight was the time.  The first time being in a real game situation, I felt pretty good.  I was able to get everything going right away and throw all my pitches.  It was a good sign.”

    Good news Mets fans.  Although the outing wasn’t Santana-like, it was good to see Santana back on the mound throwing all of his pitches.  Hopefully the minor setback is a thing of the past and won’t turn into a nagging issue throughout the 2009 MLB season.  The lead pitching role falls squarely on Santana’s shoulders – if he doesn’t perform at least as well as he did in 2008, the Mets will not win the NL East.  So far so good – Santana is pain-free following the start and is still on track to be the Mets opening day starter against the Cincinnati Reds on April 6th.

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