Johan Santana bounded with enthusiasm through the Mets’ spring training complex Monday. He walked through the clubhouse past reporters and shouted that all was "good." Later, he joked with fellow pitchers as several threw bullpen sessions on a chilly morning.
"He’s back to being Johan," pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "Giving people crap all the time."
It was just Sunday that Santana had been in the midst of a tempest within the organization, making his normally upbeat demeanor turn surly.
On Saturday, general manager Sandy Alderson had questioned Santana’s offseason training program, which left his pricey left arm insufficiently ready for spring training. Santana responded by tossing a light bullpen session the next day. Emotions flared.
Monday was spent trying to keep them in check and it was on manager Terry Collins to wrangle in his left-handed star. Alderson’s comments seemed to have sent Santana into overdrive. He followed a long toss Sunday by hopping onto the mound — a strategy of his own devising.
"I asked him why did you get on the mound for?" Collins said. "He said, ‘Cause I felt good.’ It’s unnecessary."
However, the plan seems to have righted itself for Santana. He threw a long-toss session Monday. After the team’s day off Tuesday, he will throw from 150 to 180 feet Wednesday and throw 20-25 pitches off the mound.
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