If Johan Santana is ready to go, and Terry Collins does not expect otherwise, Collins tenatively intends for the southpaw to start on Opening Day, April 1 against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

"My guess is that's what it'll be," Collins told ESPNNewYork.com.

After throwing the first no-hitter in New York Mets history last June 1, Santana produced an 8.27 ERA over his next 10 starts before being shut down in August with lower-back inflammation. He allowed at least six earned runs in each of his final five starts -- a streak one shy of matching the live-ball-era record, set by Willie Blair with the Detroit Tigers in 1999.