Johan Santana: (Back) First Spring Start Pushed Back Staff

Update: Santana (back) will have his first spring appearance pushed back to sometime between March 10-15, Newsday's Marc Carig reports

Recommendation: Santana was originally set to make his first start of the spring March 2, but his arm strength is not yet where it needs to be, so the Mets will give him more time to prepare. Though the delay is hardly encouraging, the Mets still believe there is a chance Santana could pitch Opening Day as long as he avoids any further setbacks.