Mets’ Alderson: Johan Santana ‘Might Not’ Be Ready For Opening Day

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mets fans have had to endure a rough offseason.

Jose Reyes is in Miami. The owners of the Mets — Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz — recently took out a $40 million “bridge loan” to help with cash flow.

And now high-priced ace Johan Santana may not be ready for Opening Day. Again.

“We do have some question marks, of course, with Santana being one of them,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday. “We think he’s going to be ready, but he might not be.”

There was hope last season that Santana, who had shoulder surgery in September 2010, would be return to the big club by late August. But the 32-year-old experienced a setback after just rehab start in the minor leagues.

“That’s where the depth (of the starting rotation) becomes important,” said Alderson.

Alderson also said the Mets’ bridge loan hasn’t affected any of his offseason decisions. Matter of fact, he didn’t even know about it.

“I wasn’t even aware of the loan until (Monday), so it couldn’t have had any impact on what I’ve done,” said Alderson. “On the other hand, I’m not surprised. With the losses that we sustained last year, they have to be funded somehow.”

Alderson recently disclosed the team had lost $70 million, though he didn’t specify a time frame for the losses.

Mets fans: When will Santana make his long-awaited return? Sound off below…

  • william schwartz

    santa will never come back,he probably wants out

  • marc

    It Does Not Matter, Ghost town at Citi Field. I Hope mets fans Stay Away from Citi.

    • Smokin Joe

      I have not been to a Mets game in over 5 years (and needless to say, never to Citi Field). Will not return until they re-allow smoking. It is an OUTDOOR stadium as some seem to forget. Not saying that 100% of the seating area should be smoking as non-smokers should still be protected, but 15% or so should be. The rest is just political. Same goes for Atlantic City. They have turned away smokers, and are now hurting because of it.

      • Avi

        Most of you smokers are so selfish. It’s bad enough that you make yourselves sick and everybody has to pay health insurance premiums to cover you, but you don’t care what effect it has on other people. Even second hand smoke is annoying and it kills.

      • Master Shake

        On one hand, I would like to stay away. On the other hand, the Mets need all the money they can get. Staying away might make matters worse.

  • mike

    I think that the entire organization is full of sheet!!!!!!!!!!

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