July 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana (57) throws a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Johan Santana Expected to Return to Mets Saturday

According to Fred Kerber of the New York Post, Johan Santana is set to return to the Mets’ starting rotation

on Saturday.  Santana made a rehab appearance at Class-A on Sunday and is scheduled for a bullpen session this week before returning Saturday.  He has been on the disabled list since July 21st with a sprained ankle.

Earlier this year Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history.  He is 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA this year.  While he is not having his typical dominating year, Santana has certainly helped the Mets.  Unfortunately, the Mets are not truly in the play-off hunt anymore.

New York is 53-57, 14 games back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East.  Early on, the Mets played surprisingly well and held first place for a good chunk of the first part of the season.  However, they could not sustain their success.

Santana has struggled to stay healthy lately.  He missed all of last season and has been injured off an on throughout his career.  However, when healthy, Santana is one of the best in the game.  He won the American League Cy Young in 2004 and 2006 while playing for the Twins.  He has a lifetime 3.15 ERA.  And he has 169 career wins.


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