Santana set for long-awaited bullpen session

Santana set for long-awaited bullpen session

Mets pitcher Johan Santana is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday at the club's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in what would be his first time toeing the rubber since September.

The left-hander has not pitched in a Major League game since Sept. 2, 2010. Santana missed the entire 2011 campaign after having anterior shoulder capsule surgery on his pitching shoulder. He tossed four innings in an instructional league game in September and has continued his rehab during the offseason in hopes of returning for Opening Day.

Santana played catch Thursday with pitching coach Dan Warthen, who said the 32-year-old hurler appears to be in better form than he was in when he last manned a Major League mound.

"I feel good," Santana told The Associated Press. "I'm very excited about this, finally having the opportunity to start Spring Training from the beginning and do all the drills and everything and be part of the team."

Santana, who has three years remaining on his contract, has compiled a 40-25 record and 2.85 ERA in three seasons with the Mets.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.