The Mets are reporting that Johan Santana met with their Mets medical staff and that they have cleared him to begin a rehab program which will have him throwing before the start of Spring Training.
A spokesman for the team said Santana is where he should be in terms of coming back surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. His original prognosis was for him to begin playing catch in January.
He is still expected to be back sometime around the All Star break, but this is certainly a positive development for Santana who is entering the fourth year of his 6-year $138 million dollar contract.
Santana went 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA before missing the final month of the season with his shoulder injury.
On a minor note, Adam Rubin reported that reliever Ryota Igarashi has cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Mets to Triple-A Buffalo. He is still expected to be in major league camp with the Mets as a non-40-man-roster player.