GM: Johan Santana not throwing yet

Updated: January 26, 2011, 3:13 PM ET
By Adam Rubin |

When the New York Mets announced Jan. 14 that Johan Santana was cleared to begin throwing, they left open a big range for when that activity would actually begin, only saying it was expected before spring training.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he thought Santana hadn't tossed a baseball yet.

Santana underwent Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

"To my knowledge, he's not throwing at this point," Alderson said. "But, again, that's his own decision and based on how he feels. I think the [physical therapist] recommended that he continue to do certain exercises, and when he feels like he's ready to toss, he will. He's medically cleared, but to my knowledge he hasn't actually started throwing yet."

Manager Terry Collins and Alderson previously have given a range of June to the All-Star break for Santana's return. The GM said it would be silly to adjust that timetable further based on recent developments.

"I wouldn't try to kid you that any of us can accurately predict," Alderson said. "And certainly adding or subtracting days from what is otherwise a pretty loose projection I think would be probably misleading on my part."

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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