Santana throws off mound for 1st time this year


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Johan Santana has thrown off a mound for the first time after a 4½-month break, and the New York Mets left-hander says he feels fine following the light bullpen session.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner threw 25 pitches to Josh Thole on Friday, Santana's first mound session since pitching four innings in an Instructional League game on Sept. 30.

Santana had surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder on Sept. 14, 2010, and has not pitched in a major league game since.

Mets manager Terry Collins, who stood just a few steps away from Thole during the session, called it a "huge first step."