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Orioles' Johan Santana to throw a bullpen session on Thursday

By on 4/15/2014 10:45:00 PM

Mastering the art of resiliency, Baltimore Orioles left-hander Johan Santana will continue his road back to big leagues on Thursday, as the 35-year old is scheduled to throw a bullpen session at the team's minor league complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Just two years removed from tossing the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, Santana tore the anterior capsule in his left shoulder for the second time in four years in early 2013, necessitating what many considered to be a career-ending surgery approximately one year ago. Working diligently to return to the mound, the All-Star signed a minor league contract with the Orioles during the winter, that will pay him $3 million if he secures a place on the 25-man roster during the 2014 campaign.


Serving as low-risk, high-reward investment, the Orioles have brought Santana along slowly with an eye towards a mid-season return to the majors. The former Twin spent much of spring training rehabbing before finally throwing off the mound during the final week of camp. After participating in a simulated game last week, Santana will be unleashed against Manny Machado and fellow recovering Orioles with full usage of his arsenal during Thursday's trial.

"He had one of the best changeups in baseball, but if his velocity is only 85, can he drop his changeup to 75?" manger Buck Showalter said. "I don't know, and is 85 enough? I think the hitters are going to answer a lot of those questions.
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