So far the brightest light in spring training has been Johan Santana’s return from shoulder surgery.
His numbers weren’t impressive in his last start, Thursday against Detroit, but that’s not what’s important three starts into spring training.
Santana’s recovery between starts has been pain free and he’s been able to maintain the five-day rotation. Also, his velocity is gradually getting better. However, he’s still not satisfied with his control, but that will improve with his arm strength.
Santana was mostly at 87-88 mph. in his first start, but was a consistent 89 against the Tigers, and topped out at 91 on his 65th, and final, pitch of this outing.
“I’m feeling good,’’ Santana told reporters. “It’s a process and I’m building up.’’
The Mets are aiming for four innings or 75 pitches in his next start.
The Mets need a lefty hitting outfielder to come off the bench and are more likely to choose between Adam Loewen and Mike Baxter than scan the waiver wire at the end of spring training.
The Mets’ thinking is with so many more pressing needs, why invest in an area with so little potential payoff.
Jenrry Mejia, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, is reportedly on schedule for a May return. I’d bet the over.