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Johan Santana had trouble topping 80 miles per hour

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Johan Santana held a workout for seven teams today and George King of the New York Post has some details that make it sound like things didn’t go particularly well for the rehabbing left-hander.

King reports that Santana “topped out” at 81 miles per hour and was throwing mostly in the high-70s. Prior to his latest shoulder surgery Santana averaged 88.4 mph on his fastball and in his prime he threw in the low-90s.

Santana hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2010 and hasn’t pitched in the majors at all since mid-2012, so at age 35 it’s hard to imagine any teams viewing him as anything more than a flier for the second half.

On the other hand, for whatever it’s worth Santana tweeted this after today’s workout:

Today was a very good day off the mound, getting better!!!

— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) February 25, 2014

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