NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Injured Mets ace Johan Santana is close to throwing off a mound. That’s music to any Mets fan’s ears.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Santana told the New York Post on Monday. “I feel great. Obviously, I am not in the position where I can compete right now, but I’m right where I should be.”

He added: “As the medical staff has said, I’m way ahead of everything. I’m very pleased and happy with how everything is right now.”

The two-time Cy Young winner had surgery on his left shoulder in mid-September and isn’t expected to return to the rotation until mid-summer.

I want to be there and help my team,” said Santana. “But the reality is I can’t and I’m not going to do something stupid that jeopardizes everything that we are trying to accomplish here. I can’t think ahead two or three months or whatever. I’m focusing on today.”

Santana was 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA in 29 starts last year. This is the third straight offseason that Santana has spent recovering from some surgery.

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