(NEW YORK) — New York Mets left-handed starting pitcher Johan Santana is aiming to return to the mound sometime during the 2012 season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined for the last 16 months, recovering from shoulder surgery.
Santana tossed from 90 feet on Thursday and is planning to increase the distance the next time out.
“Finally I have a chance to get back on the field and hang out with my teammates and spend time with the fans is always good,” Santana said. “Looking forward to be in spring training from day one.”
The 32-year-old Santana owns a career record of 133-69.
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