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Santana To Start Opening Day, Will Not Play In World Baseball Classic

PORT ST. LUCIE (CBSNewYork) – Johan Santana will be named the Opening Day starter for the Mets and will not compete for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, according to WFAN and baseball insider Jon Heyman.

In his first bullpen session Sunday, the 33-year-old left-hander said he did, "ok." He is coming off multiple injuries from the 2012 season.

Sources say Santana did not think participating in the WBC would be a good idea since he finished 2012 on the disabled list (ankle sprain, lower back inflammation).

The two time Cy Young Award winner was 6-9 in 2012 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 games played. He hurled the Mets' first no-hitter in team history on June 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Terry Collins said he will pitch in his first spring game on March 2.

He is owed $25.5 million in 2013.

What kind of numbers do you think Santana will put up in 2013? Let us know in the comments section below...


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