Johan Santana Injury: Updates on Pitcher's Shoulder and Recovery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 11, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Free-agent starting pitcher Johan Santana, who missed the entire 2013 MLB season due to shoulder surgery, continues to make progress in his recovery with an eye on returning to the mound soon.

Continue for updates.

Santana's Shoulder Shows No Structural Damage

Thursday, Jan. 22

Fox Sports MLB insider Jon Morosi reported on Thursday that Santana has no structural damage in his shoulder. Santana's agent told Morosi, "He will be ready for spring training," via

Timetable Given on Santana Throwing

Friday, Jan. 9

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Santana expects to start throwing off a mound again sometime in January, but is keeping his options open in terms of when to sign a new contract:

Last March, as Santana was getting prepared for surgery, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York noted it took the left-hander 19 months before he was able to return to make his way back to the majors after his first shoulder injury:

New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana will proceed with surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder for a second time in 31 months, ending his 2013 season before it began.

Team doctor David Altchek, who performed Santana's first anterior capsule surgery on Sept. 2, 2010, will again perform the surgery. Santana took 19 months to throw a major league pitch after the first shoulder surgery.

While there were questions at the time about whether Santana would be able to make another complete recovery, it was never a doubt to the former ace. In August, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News noted the pitcher told agent Chris Leible he "isn't going out like this."

So he got back on the rehab trail and has apparently continued to make steady progress toward getting ready for the 2014 campaign.

More recently, Martino reported around 12 teams have shown interest in Santana. He posted a lackluster 4.85 ERA in 21 starts in 2012, but sports a 3.20 lifetime mark and would serve as a solid rotation filler if he can prove he's healthy.    

A clearer picture should emerge over the next month once he returns to the mound.