[avatar name="baron"]Michael Baron: I's still cautiously optimistic about Santana, and I'm trying not to get my hopes up for him starting Opening Day. However, I've been in St. Lucie, and it's so encouraging to watch him go at 100 percent and never missing a beat. He is showing no resistance during these drills and, frankly, I am pleasantly surprised he threw two bullpens in as many days this week AND is throwing during warmups on his off-days.
Of course, each bullpen session at this point is critical, and as Santana continues to build and throw all of his pitches the response from those outings will grow even more crucial. Should he continue this positive progression, the next test will be how he responds to game action beginning March 6, and his ability to sustain arm strength throughout each start.
Santana's next bullpen is tomorrow. I look forward to shooting his session from a number of angles, analyzing his delivery and release point, and looking at his movement and velocity.