(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) — New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana made his first start of the 2012 season on Tuesday since being sidelined from shoulder surgery.
Yes, it’s only Spring Training, but in a time when a dark cloud surrounds the Mets franchise, their ace is back. Santana pitched only two innings on Tuesday yet looked impressive. He threw 29 pitches for 17 strikes, ranging from 87-88 mph on the gun, throwing predominantly fastballs.
It was his first start in the major leagues since September 2, 2010. He gave up one hit and one walk in two innings. The former two-time Cy-Young is currently penciled in as the Opening Day starter on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves.
Santana is owed $54.5 million the next two years with a 2014 club option.
His next Spring Training start will be on Sunday against the Miami Marlins.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire