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Mets' Alderson: Johan Santana 'Might Not' Be Ready For Opening Day

NEW YORK (WFAN) -- Mets fans have had to endure a rough offseason.

Jose Reyes is in Miami. The owners of the Mets -- Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz -- recently took out a $40 million "bridge loan" to help with cash flow.

And now high-priced ace Johan Santana may not be ready for Opening Day. Again.

"We do have some question marks, of course, with Santana being one of them," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday. "We think he's going to be ready, but he might not be."

There was hope last season that Santana, who had shoulder surgery in September 2010, would be return to the big club by late August. But the 32-year-old experienced a setback after just rehab start in the minor leagues.

"That's where the depth (of the starting rotation) becomes important," said Alderson.

Alderson also said the Mets' bridge loan hasn't affected any of his offseason decisions. Matter of fact, he didn't even know about it.

"I wasn't even aware of the loan until (Monday), so it couldn't have had any impact on what I've done," said Alderson. "On the other hand, I'm not surprised. With the losses that we sustained last year, they have to be funded somehow."

Alderson recently disclosed the team had lost $70 million, though he didn't specify a time frame for the losses.

Mets fans: When will Santana make his long-awaited return? Sound off below...

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