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Report: Johan Santana to attempt a mid-year comeback

Johan Santana

FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 11, 2012, New York Mets’ Johan Santana pitches in baseball game in New York. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, in a deal announced Tuesday, March 4, 2014, as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder. (AP Photos/Henny Ray Abrams, file)

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MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that pitcher Johan Santana will attempt a mid-year comeback. Heyman adds that Santana has milestones as well as comfort and familiarity “in mind,” leading him to speculate a return to the Twins or Mets.

The last we heard of Santana, last month, indicated that he had begun a throwing program. The lefty hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has attempted comebacks several times only for them to be derailed by injury. Over that 2012 season, Santana compiled a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts for the Mets, but one of those starts included a no-hitter against the Cardinals.

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