The other day, it was revealed that the rehabbing Johan Santana was due to meet with a specialist to examine his left shoulder. Why? Santana was dealing with lingering discomfort, and he and the team wanted to make sure nothing serious had wrong wrong.
Well, word's back on his appointment. From Adam Rubin, the news is pretty good:
Johan Santana diagnosed with shoulder fatigue, #Mets say. Will refrain from throwing for a week.
Simple fatigue, and nothing structural. This is a setback, but only a minor one, and Santana will resume his throwing program a week from now. In the meantime, he'll keep conditioning the rest of his body.
If Santana was hoping to return to the Mets by the end of August, this probably shifts the timetable into the middle of September, provided nothing else goes wrong. That's a dangerous assumption, so we won't make it, but the window's still open for Santana to throw some innings before the end of the regular season.