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Johan Santana’s rehab start gets pushed back

New York Mets v Florida Marlins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JULY 24: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets pitches in the bullpen as Manager Terry Collins #10 looks on during a throwing session before a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on July 24, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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GM Sandy Alderson said it’s simply a “tweak in the schedule, not a setback,” but Johan Santana had his second scheduled rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday because he didn’t feel as strong as hoped after his last outing, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

It means Santana will be going on six days’ rest after throwing three scoreless innings his first time out.

Santana showed pretty good velocity his first outing back, working at 88-90 mph, but that his arm didn’t bounce back afterwards suggests that he still needs to be considered something of a long shot to contribute this year.

Santana has been out since last September following surgery to repair a torn shoulder capsule.