Johan Santana will make his first Grapefruit League appearance tonight against the Marlins. The game is at 7:10 p.m., under the lights at Tradition Field, and will be aired on SNY.
Santana, who has been struggling with elbow issues as he attempts to come back from knee surgery, will likely only pitch two innings in his first stint on the mound.
This is good news for any Mets fans, as we all have been watching the injury reports with bated breath. If the ace of the staff can walk off the mound confident with his arm and how he threw the baseball, I think there will be a collective sigh of relief from the Citi Faithful (That was weird to type!).
There is no doubt that he is the most important player to the Mets. His stats are not important tonight, only how he feels. I'm sure we'll hear a lot of whining if he gets rocked for three runs in two innings, but we must disregard that tonight.
If he feels good, I'll be happy.