A little over a month later, Johan Santana is about to try it again. Santana, rehabbing from shoulder surgery last September, will make a rehab start today for Class A St. Lucie.
The program is for him to throw two innings or 40 pitches, the equivalent of a first spring training game.
Santana last pitched July 28, but was shelved after complaining of soreness in his shoulder.
There is a slim chance, one not worth pressing, Santana could pitch a couple of major league innings this year, but the priority is to get an idea of his health heading into 2012.
Josh Thole, who has a bruised left wrist and thumb, rejoined the team in Washington and is day-to-day.