Mets’ Santana experiences soreness in rehab

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Johan Santana has not thrown off a mound since experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder 10 days ago when the New York Mets ace ramped up the intensity of his workouts.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday before the Mets played the Pittsburgh Pirates that Santana is playing long-toss on flat ground and he hopes to get back a mound later this week.

Santana had surgery in September and the Mets are being careful with his rehabilitation. Alderson says this will not necessarily push back his return.

He said the Mets are waiting for Santana to get to the point physically where he would be if he was about to start spring training before allowing him to progress.