The ace and his manager then huddled together Monday, having a lengthy discussion about the state of Santana's valuable left shoulder. When it was over, Collins came away satisfied that Santana is perfectly healthy after throwing a career-high 134 pitches during Friday's no-hitter.
"I told him I was fine," said Santana, who threw his routine between-starts bullpen session Tuesday without issue. "I know my body pretty well, so I know if something's not right, I'm going to let him know. I'm not going to try to do anything crazy. But everything went fine, and I should be fine for Friday."
That start will come at Yankee Stadium, where Santana will make his first appearance since throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history. Over the past four days, the left-hander has honored countless interview requests and received shout-outs from celebrities such as David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart. On Tuesday, he took a congratulatory call from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
When he arrives back at Citi Field, Santana will sort through his memorabilia from the game, including the ball he used to strike out David Freese for the 27th out, his hat, his uniform and his glove. Santana plans to keep some of it for himself, then split the rest amongst the Mets, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and a baseball museum in his native Venezuela.
"Everything is special -- everything," Santana said. "I would love to keep everything, but ... we're trying to do the best that we can."