Johan Santana reiterated Tuesday that he would like to represent his native Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But a couple hurdles remain.
First, because he finished last season on the disabled list with inflammation in his lower back, a World Baseball Classic committee would have to clear him and agree to insure his contract.
Then, the Mets, ultimately general manager Sandy Alderson, would have final say. Alderson said he hasn't made a decision on the matter yet, but indicated he is hesitant to allow Santana to participate.
"We're very concerned that he'd be ready to go and healthy for us," Alderson said. "So there are reasons why players in his situation, at the end of a previous season, typically don't play in the WBC. So we'll have to take a hard look at it."
The reluctance derives from Santana's recent injury-plagued history. He tore the anterior capsule in his left shoulder in Sept. 2010, missed the entire 2011 season, and made his final start in 2012 on Aug. 17. The southpaw has not thrown 200 innings since 2008, when he led the league with 234.1 innings in his first season with the Mets.
Sandy Alderson has final say on whether Johan Santana pitches in World Baseball Classic
Newark Star-Ledger | Feb 14