Posted June 02, 2012

After no-hitter, Mets will push back Johan Santana’s next start

MLB

The New York Mets will push back Johan Santana’s next start a day or two following Santana’s no-hitter on Friday night, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports on Twitter.

Santana pitched the first no-hitter in the Mets’ 50-plus-year history on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but he needed 134 pitches to get through the nine innings.

Mets manager Terry Collins had said that he would limit Santana to around 110 or 115 pitches all season. Santana missed all of last season as he recovered from shoulder surgery.

“I just couldn’t take him out,” a choked-up Collins said after Friday’s game.

Santana’s previous career-high was 125 pitches. On Friday, he was coming off a complete-game shutout against the San Diego Padres in which he threw 108 pitches. That was also, at that point, a season-high.