PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Bullpen session No. 3 came and went Thursday with no ill effects for Johan Santana, who threw another mound session on his way toward his Opening Day assignment.
"That's another bullpen session where I felt a little improvement," said Santana, now more than 17 months removed from left shoulder surgery. "I felt really good."
Santana will throw at least two more bullpen sessions before pitching a round of live batting practice late next week. The Mets intend to hold him out from their planned intrasquad scrimmages next weekend, in advance of his starting their Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals on March 5.