JUPITER, Fla. -- As expected, New York Mets lefty Johan Santana will start the season on the disabled list while he works to strengthen his pitching shoulder.
Mets manager Terry Collins announced the plan Friday before a game against the Miami Marlins. The 33-year-old Santana hasn't pitched in a spring training game this year
"He's not going to open with us," Collins said. "He's going to have to get himself ready and that's going to certainly determine on a daily basis where he's at, but we'll be gone. I'll have to monitor him by the phone."
The Mets soon will officially put the two-time Cy Young winner on the DL. They open the season at home on April 1 against San Diego.
Santana hasn't thrown a bullpen session since March 3. That outing was not part of the Mets' schedule and came after general manager Sandy Alderson expressed disappointment that Santana didn't report to camp ready to pitch (see full story).
Strasburg fine after being hit
VIERA, Fla. -- No one on the Washington Nationals cared about Stephen Strasburg's line on Friday. They were just glad he was OK.
Strasburg stayed on the mound after Prince Fielder's liner went off his left hand, pitching six innings in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
The 24-year-old right-hander was hit in the fleshy part of his hand, just below his glove. The play happened in the fourth inning.
"I thought I could have caught it," Strasburg said. "It just took a while for it to sink in that it hit me. It kind of got numb. I just shook it out and it was just tender after that."
After shaking off the injury and being cleared by team trainers, he struck out two of the next three batters (see full story).