On his first time on the mound since being placed on the 15-day disabled list, Johan Santana pitched three innings for the Brooklyn Cyclones in an 8-0 win over the Auburn Doubledays.
Santana only allowed one hit, one walk and struck out three during his work at MCU Park in Coney Island. He threw 38 pitches.
“I felt pretty good,” Santana said after the game. “I was able to throw some fastballs and some changeups and some sliders.”
Santana was also impressed by some of the talent in the league. “There are a few guys that they’ve done a pretty good job developing and strengthening our minor leagues,” said Santana.
Auburn left fielder Mike McQuillan was the only player to get a hit off of Santana in the second. Santana pitched a perfect first inning, striking out two batters.
In the third inning Santana pitched another perfect inning and was replaced on the mound by Julian Hilario. Hilario earned the win going five scoreless innings. The game was called due to rain after the eighth inning.
Santana is recovering from an ankle injury that occurred while he was covering first base on an infield grounder. He has been cleared to return to the New York Mets, and is expected to start Saturday against the Braves at Citi Field.