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K-Rod, Maine, Mejia and now Santana

As they wait for the results from Jose Reyes' thyroid tests in New York, the Mets got some good news on a number of levels yesterday.

Francisco Rodriguez finally was cleared to rejoin his teammates, but still must wear the goggle-type glasses he had in Anaheim. John Maine made it through a solid 39-pitch outing without discomfort. And Jenrry Mejia continued to draw huge praise from Jerry Manuel, who keeps talking like he wants the 20-year-old righthander on his Opening Day roster.

K-Rod should be fine. But only time will tell if Maine's shoulder can stay healthy for the next six months - something he doesn't even know for sure. As for Mejia, Manuel suggested the Mets could stretch him out to four innings next time, but  his outing after that will give a clue to what the team plans to do come April 5. If Mejia's pitch count count continues to rise, Mejia will head to Double-A Binghamton as a starter. If the Mets scale him back, he could join the big-league bullpen. It's that simple.

Big day at Tradition Field as Johan Santana pitches in his first game since season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow. You can watch on SNY. First pitch 1:10 p.m. 

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