Johan feels rested, ready to return from DL

Johan feels rested, ready to return from DL

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana returned to the Mets' clubhouse on Tuesday with his sprained right ankle nearly recovered and his rehabilitation outing in the rearview mirror.

"I feel good. I was able to recover and do all my things," Santana said. "I'm definitely happy to be back and be around these guys again. I'm getting ready for my next outing."

That outing will come at Citi Field on Saturday against Atlanta, but not before he throws his bullpen session on Wednesday and diagrams a plan for the start with pitching coach Dan Warthen. Santana wasn't sure if he'd get the green light to throw without limitations in the start on Saturday -- his first since he was placed on the DL on July 21 -- but he speculated much of that decision hinged on the session.

The left-handed starter had a strong rehab start at Class A Brooklyn on Sunday, when he threw three scoreless innings and fanned three batters before increasing his pitch count to 90 by throwing three simulated innings in the bullpen.

"It was all about feeling good and feeling 100 percent from top to bottom," Santana said. "I was able to give my ankle some rest in rehab, but at the same time my whole body rest."