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Uh-Oh, Johan Has Irritated Triceps Tendon

February 28, 2009

I have no idea what that means but here’s what’s going down:

Johan Santana says doctors told him it’s the triceps tendon that is causing stiffness in his pitching elbow. With pitching coach Dan Warthen and manager Jerry Manuel already on the bus for Lakeland, Fla., Santana said he’ll wait until Sunday to map out a plan for pitching. But it’s clear he won’t be in a Grapefruit League game for a while. Santana said he hopes to throw a light bullpen session on Sunday. He then wants to face hitters in a batting-practice-style setting two or three times before entering a game. With potentially two days rest in between each BP, we’re possibly talking two weeks before a game appearance. -Daily News

Now, there’s mixed feelings about this everywhere. While the Mets camp is saying don’t worry the fans are feeling something else. HELLO! IT’S JOHAN SANATANA! If we lose him you can forget about our season. The worst part of all this is that even Johan himself wouldn’t assure the media that he would be o.k and ready to pitch on opening day which is 36 days away. “I’m not going to rush anything,” he said. “I have 162 games. With what we want to accomplish, we have 162 games. We’ve got to go one game at a time and everything starts April 6. Whether it’s going to be me or somebody else, that’s tough to say right now. Right now, on paper, I’m supposed to be the one, but we have to wait five more weeks to know that.”

According to him this isn’t the first time he’s been pushed back from starting a spring training game. Back in Minnesota Johan says it happened a few times but that he was always ready by opening day. About the tightness Johan said, “They told me it was my triceps tendon or something. I always go through a lot of tightness in my whole body; it was just that day I felt like ‘Wow.’ ”

Yesterday I was watching the MLB Channel and one of the guys said that it’s probably nothing to go crazy worrying about. It’s normal for players and pitchers alike to get muscle tightness or spasms because during the offseason the muscles tighten back again after being loose all season. It makes sense, but you can’t help but worry either way because we don’t necessarily know exactly what’s going on even though they said he has an irritated tendon.

Let’s just pray this is nothing serious and that our ace is ready for opening day and for the rest of his regular season starts. We can’t afford to lose him.

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