By Rich Coutinho
» More Columns’s Rich Coutinho had a chance to sit down with left-hander Johan Santana in Port St. Lucie to talk about his quest to start on Opening Day and get back to what he loves doing — pitching for the Mets.

Highlights of the conversation include:

  • Santana feels like his arm is rounding into shape and can not wait until he pitches in a game, which will be on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie.
  • He loves the makeup of this Mets team. Santana feels some of the young players have experience now and they are ready to take the next step.
  • Santana really missed pitching last year and being with the team on a daily basis.
  • The ace feels he could have a real impact on some of the younger players, especially the Mets’ young pitchers.

To hear Coutinho’s entire interview with Santana, click here.

Do you think Santana will be ready for Opening Day? What do you expect from the ace this season? Sound off below!

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