Mets push back Johan Santana’s first spring start

The New York Mets have elected to push back Johan Santana’s first start of spring training as a precautionary measure, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

Carig notes that New York is holding Santana back to allow him to continue to build up his arm strength, not because they are concerned with an injury. Carig says there is no structural damage that is cause for concern.

Santana’s first start of the spring was slated to come March 2, but because he’s behind schedule in his throwing program it will be bumped to a later date. It doesn’t seem to be a major setback, as New York is understandably taking things slow and hoping to put the veteran in the best position to be successful entering the regular season.

Even with his delayed spring debut, Santana will still be on track to be the Mets’ Opening Day starter.

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