SANTANA: Offers encouragement for strong second half.
In watching Johan Santana toy with Cincinnati it was almost as if he were telling Mike Pelfrey, “Mike, this is how you do it.’’
While Santana isn’t as consistently dominant as he used to be, for one night he was as good as ever, throwing a three-hit shutout of the Reds, 3-0, with the game-winning run coming on his first career home run.
And in the ninth inning, after Jason Bay’s dropped pop-up in left, Santana told Jerry Manuel, “I‘ll finish it.’’
I wasn’t thrilled to hear Jerry Manuel say he was hoping to have Jose Reyes back by Tuesday so he could bat right handed against Reds lefty Travis Wood.
There was such indecisiveness in the statement, in that it implies Reyes be available from one side of the plate but not another. That’s another way of rushing him back, which only means he’s not ready.
Personally, if Reyes isn’t ready by Tuesday, I’d be more inclined to back date him on the DL and give him this week and the All-Star break to get ready for the second half.
You don’t want Reyes available for one side of the plate and not the other. Pushing him into that scenario is a prelude for re-injury.