Johan Santana throws bullpen in Fort Myers, Twins in attendance
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Former Twins ace Johan Santana is attempting a comeback from multiple arm surgeries.
Santana threw a bullpen Tuesday at a Fort Myers high school, and the Twins had multiple scouts in attendance, according to 1500 ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson.
Santana's changeup was decent, according to a Twins official, but the mph on his fastball peaked in the low 80s. Seven teams attended the workout, according to the New York Post.
Santana tweeted a picture and an update in English and in Spanish on his verified Twitter account.
Bullpen day!!! Día de bullpen!!! pic.twitter.com/buQ6YfWa8a— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) February 25, 2014
Today was a very good day off the mound, getting better!!!— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) February 25, 2014
Hoy fue un buen día desde el monticulo, cada día mejorando!!!— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) February 25, 2014
Santana likely won't be ready to pitch until midsummer, perhaps late May or early June. So the low velocity may not be a big concern at this stage of his rehab. The odds are stacked against the 35-year-old, however, at regaining anywhere near the form that made him a two-time Cy Young winner for the Twins.