DENVER -- This was a normal week, not a shortened one. But it may have seemed short for Johan Santana, given that extra rest has become the new normal for him this April.
After making each of his first four starts on an extra day of rest, Santana will pitch on regular rest Sunday for the first time this season. That meant a condensed work week split between New York and Denver, with one less day between outings for Santana's surgically-repaired left shoulder to recover.
"Everything has been fine," Santana said. "No problems. I'm ready to get on the mound."
Coming off a season-high 105 pitches against the Marlins in New York, Santana will start Sunday at Coors Field for the first time in his career. He threw his routine between-starts bullpen Thursday at Citi Field with no problems.
"He knows what he's doing," manager Terry Collins said. "I'm not worried about Johan Santana. If he has issues, he would have come and told me, because that's just the way things have gone since January."
It has now been three good starts and one bad one for Santana in his comeback from left anterior shoulder capsule surgery, though the left-hander does not have any wins. That would be the case no matter how he pitched, considering the Mets have not scored a single run while he has been in games this season.
"They'll come," Santana said. "They're trying. We're working hard. It's just part of the game. It's been tough matchups that we're going against. Every time you have a matchup like that, it's all about one pitch or one run."