Among the troubling news of Jenrry Mejia possibly needing surgery for a torn MCL, coupled with the fact that the Mets barely avoided being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies, there was a small – yet tantalizing tidbit that should give us Mets fans a little bit of hope in what could possibly be another lost season in Flushing.
Yesterday it was reported that our currently rehabbing ace, Johan Santana has been long tossing a baseball on flat ground from 150 feet. This is perceived as great news because it has been considered the last hurdle before Johan will be allowed to start throwing off a mound. It also will either once again restore confidence in the Mets medical and rehabilitation staff – who was rightfully maligned after the injury plagued seasons that were ’09 and ’10.
But the question remains that if Johan – sans any setbacks with his surgically repaired shoulder- will he be back right after the All Star Break, and if he is will he be anywhere close the the Ace that we obtained during the ’07 offseason ?
I think even if Johan comes back at less than 100 percent, he will still be better than two thirds of Major League pitchers. He has proven that he is a warrior when he is on the mound, and I do feel that he – like Pedro Martinez ( after arm surgery)before him, can become a pitcher that relies on guts, as well as his guile in order to get the opposing batters to make outs.
Will his fastball ever return to it’s past high 90 M.P.H glory ? The jury is still out on that , and we may not even see a truly effective Johan until ’2012. But hey at this point us Mets fans need something to hang our orange and blue baseball caps on.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Original Mets pitching coach ( and baseball legend), Red Ruffing would have been 111 today (1904).
Original Mets back up catcher from ’62-’65 Chris Cannizzaro (1938)
Spot starter/middle reliever from the ’69 team, Jack DiLauro is 68 (1943)
Sadly on this date in 2004, Mets Coach from the ’93 team- Darrell Johnson passed away.
The New York Mets purchased utility infielder, Mike Phillips from the San Francisco Giants on May 3, 1975.
Mo Vaughn thinks he will have the entire World’s Fare Market all to himself for tonight’s game !!!