According to the NY Daily News, Johan Santana has been scratched from his Spring debut this Friday. He is experiencing tightness in his elbow.
Before panic sets in, Santana says this is nothing new. Every year he goes through it. He feels it is more intense now because he has been throwing more than he normally would.
The Mets will have him throw a bullpen session on Sunday and then have him start around the middle of next week.
While Santana sits tomorrow, Fernando Tatis will be making his first appearance. He had been sidelined from Tuesday’s game due to what is now being called a bruised palm, says the Daily News.
A bruised palm? Please tell me this is not like the “bruised butt cheek” Carl Pavano suffered two years ago.
According to Jerry Manuel, it might have happened during one of his new drills. Manuel has been experimenting with the team, having them do new drills to get their bats going.
One of them is a rapid-swing drill, also being called “the situational hitting technique”. With the use of a pitching machine, each hitter has to hit 80 pitches to the opposite field.