Johan Santana chose the mound closest to a squat palm tree, drawing him nearer to the three- or four-dozen folks who had stepped outside to see him pitch. This was the second of an indeterminate number of bullpen sessions for Santana this spring, in a progression that he hopes -- and the Mets outwardly believe -- will have him ready for Opening Day.
He laughed and joked in Spanish, as he usually does during these sessions. At one point, without perceptively changing his delivery, Santana sent a circle change tumbling toward the plate, floating an extra moment before smacking into the center of catcher Josh Thole's mitt. Manager Terry Collins, who had wandered over to the throng of onlookers, turned his head.
"That's filthy," Collins said. "You see that changeup? That's what he used to do."
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