On the morning after, Johan Santana said he felt good and would throw a bullpen session tomorrow. Each day is another hurdle, and it isn’t a stretch to say tomorrow’s pen might be more important than yesterday’s start.
The Mets are already planning April’s rotation. There are two versions of it, one with Santana and one without. The one with Santana will be such that each start comes with an extra day of rest. With the off-days in April, that shouldn’t be difficult.
Santana threw mostly in the 87-88 range, but with more strengthening could boost that slightly. Important, however, was he maintained roughly a 10 mph. difference between his fastball and change-up.
* Reliever Pedro Beato has stiffness in his shoulder and will undergo a MRI.
* Outfielder Scott Hairston will be out for at least two weeks with a strained oblique muscle (he took a cortisone injection this week). It is very possible Hairston could open the season on the disabled list. As of now, Kirk Nieuwenhuis does not appear to be an option as a bench player.
Here’s today’s lineup against the Marlins:
Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Justin Turner, 3b
Lucas Duda, rf
Josh Satin, 1b
Josh Thole, dh
Cesar Puello, lf
Mike Nickeas, c
Matt den Dekker, cf
Jon Niese, lhp
Note: Jose Reyes isn’t expected to play today, but could face his former team tomorrow.