Johan finishes rehab, set to return Saturday

Johan finishes rehab, set to return Saturday

Johan finishes rehab, set to return Saturday
SAN DIEGO -- His final test run now in the past, Johan Santana is ready to rejoin the Mets next Saturday at Citi Field.

Santana struck out three over three shutout innings Sunday for Class A Brooklyn before throwing three simulated innings in the bullpen to increase his total to 90 pitches. Barring a setback, he should come off the disabled list and start Saturday's game against the Braves.

Santana, who walked one batter and allowed one hit for the Cyclones, has been on the DL since July 21 with a sprained right ankle. Jeremy Hefner will move to the bullpen to make room for Santana in the rotation, with Elvin Ramirez the most likely candidate for Minor League demotion to clear a roster spot.

Santana is 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 starts. But he is 3-5 with a 6.54 ERA in eight starts since throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history June 1 against the Cardinals.