Johan Santana Throws 25 Pitches: Why Is This Sports Mega News in January?

Wendy AdairAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 20:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves on August 20, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Mets held a mini-camp this week to see how some of their rehabbing players are coming along with their winter preparations for Spring Training next month.

Johan Santana threw 25 pitches from the mound in a short session and his elbow felt good. 

While this is great news, there is a full month before Spring Training and this does not need to be the primary sports story in New York.

Oliver Perez and Jon Niese also threw bullpen sessions during this mini camp and both were happy with the results and are confident that they will be fine for Spring Training. 

Don't get me wrong, it's good to have a headline that's not Yankees-related, but this is not news or details that the fans need to have be so prominent in January. 

There will be plenty of time for headlines, good and bad, during the regular season and post season months for both Yankees and Mets.

Johan Santana is one member of a 25-man team, nothing more, nothing less.  Yes, he's the pitching ace, but he only pitches once every four or five games, he's not on the field every inning of every game.

If detailed updates are being given on him, then do it for the whole team as they have knowledge of about where they are in conditioning process, etc., he does not need to be singled out, its not good for him or the team.

David Wright and Daniel Murphy spent a full week in Port St Lucie with hitting coach Howard Johnson and no details were revealed, it was briefly mentioned on fan sites, not prominent in newspaper headlines.

While I realize that they are not rehabbing from surgery, fans should have been made more aware to show the dedication that these guys showed by seeking Johnson's guidance.  Johnson himself deserves recognition for availing himself during the winter months to his hitters.

The Carlos Beltran surgery fiasco a few weeks ago was very damaging for the Mets and they are looking to put as many positive spins on the upcoming season to sell ticket plans. 

For some reason, the Mets are also clearly still interested in bringing back Carlos Delgado even though he struggled physically down in Puerto Rico after having hip surgery last May.

Santana had knee surgery in the winter of 2009 so its not like him rehabbing from surgery is completely foreign to fans. 

It's possible that the Mets wanted this news out there to take the sting away from not acquiring new players. 

Once Spring Training is done and the regular season begins and everyone is healthy, from Jose Reyes to David Wright and down the line, that will be news that fans can truly be excited about this April.