Johan Santana allowed two hits and an unearned run for the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats in the South Atlantic League playoffs on Friday, but Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that there are "no plans" for the left-hander to return to the Mets in the final month of the 2011 season.
"The one thing we don't want to do is take a big step backward," Collins said (MLB.com). "I think the process that they've set down is going to work, and Johan's bought into it. Right now, we have no plans to see him here."
The Sand Gnats won their game on Friday to push the South Atlantic League Division Championship Series to a decisive third game on Saturday. If Savannah defeats Augusta in that game, Santana could pitch in the championship series. Another of the Mets' Class A teams, St. Lucie, is currently in the Florida State League Championship Series, but is not scheduled to play past Tuesday, Sept. 13, which wouldn't be enough for Santana to return after four day's rest. If the Sand Gnats don't have another game, Santana will likely return to New York and throw a simulated game at Citi Field.
"I'm in a rehab mode. I'm still not on a regular season mode," Santana said after Friday's game (SandGnats.com). "The next couple of days are gonna be important, once I throw my bullpen and see what they want me to do, whether it's in the big leagues, in the minor leagues, in instructional leagues or whatever it is -- we'll be ready for it as long as we find ways to perform and get strength back."
Santana threw 39 pitches on Friday, striking out one and walking one.
"I actually threw some sliders that had some good rotation and that's what you're looking for: to just it go," Santana said. "And again, the more times you go out there, the more times you pitch, the stronger you're going to get. We are in a situation right now, where we are limited with games so we have to make some adjustments and have to throw some innings and that's what we're looking for."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.