Johan to face next big test Wednesday against Cardinals

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Early in camp, Johan Santana pinpointed his first 80-pitch outing as one of the biggest tests on his spring schedule. Recovering after a 30-pitch bullpen session or a two-inning game outing is one thing, Santana said at the time. Recovering after a full workload is another.

Now, Santana will attempt to pass that test for the first time. The left-hander is scheduled to throw 80 pitches in Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals, leaving the Mets curious to see how he responds.

“I’m feeling great about it,” manager Terry Collins said. “[Wednesday] will be another big test.”

Most important, the Mets continue to stress, is how Santana feels when he throws his routine bullpen session two days after each start. To that end, Friday’s session may be even more telling than Wednesday’s start.

“He feels good, and we’ll just see how he gets through it,” Collins said. “But I’ve been feeling great about it. He’s got two more starts, and I think after that we’ll get a real good gauge on what we’ve got.”

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