Johan Santana will not join the Mets in New York when camp breaks on March 30, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Friday.
"He's not where he needs to be in his long-toss program," said Collins, who believes Santana will be better off strengthening his surgically-repaired left shoulder in Port St. Lucie instead of throwing in cold weather in New York.
Collins stopped short of saying Santana would be placed on the disabled list, though general manager Sandy Alderson said on Thursday that a stint would be likely.
The news had been long expected. Santana has not thrown at anywhere near full intensity off a pitcher's mound since his impromptu bullpen session on March 3. Though Santana played long toss the next day and reported no issues at the time, he has essentially been relegated to long tossing every since.
"It's hard to say it was a setback," Collins said. "I just think he wanted to prove that his arm was OK and his arm was healthy. Instead of trying to make sure and not let all of this other stuff bother him, he got angry about it. We needed to go back to step one again. At that particular time, that was his way of making sure everybody knew his shoulder was fine."