A few blocks from the boardwalk, the $137.5 million ace stood inside a church building. Johan Santana was wearing an orange windbreaker – the same uniform worn by other charitable workers – and handing out brown lunch bags to superstorm Sandy victims.

Santana has not thrown a pitch since August, but Mets COO Jeff Wilpon on Tuesday morning offered proof that Santana would be ready come spring training.

"He was using his left arm to give out packages, guys," Wilpon joked. "So he's fine."

Santana and Wilpon were pitching in at a restoration site on the corner of 17th Street and Mermaid Avenue, a short stroll from the famous Coney Island Boardwalk. Volunteers dispensed bottled water, meals, fruit and flashlights to residents who still are trying to piece their lives back together.

"It's been very emotional, the whole thing," Santana said. "I came [Monday] and it wasn't as bad as it was a couple of weeks ago. Just to see people still struggling is tough."

As for his own health, Santana told reporters, "Everything is fine."

"I can do all my things," Santana said. "So no worries."

Except, well, he still has not thrown a baseball since the Mets shut him down in August.