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.

How much of a difference will Santana make to the Mets? Sound off below…

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Comments (3)
  1. Robert S. says:

    If Johann can be back by mid July and be even moderately effective, it will be a great boost for this team.

    1. Shout It Out says:

      So you mean with Santana back in the rotation the Mets would go from last place to 4th, they’re not moving up any higher than that. Look at the teams ahead of the Mets, the Marlins are for real, the Braves have very good pitching & should I even mentioned the Phillies rotation.

      Santana would give the Mets a great boost you say & from where will the rest of the pitching needed come from? Seaver, Ryan & Gooden retired years ago. Just like all those World Series the Mets have won in your dreams, this is also a dream in Santana making the Mets contenders.

    2. dico j. says:

      The Mets will be 20 games out by then.

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