Johan Santana wanted to make a comeback with the Blue Jays in 2015. But after dealing with a toe infection, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Santana will end his attempt to return and will try and bounce back again in 2016.
After initially being diagnosed with the infection, Santana determined he would not have enough time to prepare to pitch in the majors once he was healthy, Rubin adds. The two-time American League Cy Young winner signed a minor league deal with Toronto in February with the intention of competing for a spot in the starting rotation. Toronto signed Santana for depth after heading into spring training with Mark Bueherle, R.A. Dickey, Marcus Stroman, Daniel Norris, and Marco Estrada as starting candidates.
Santana, 36, last appeared in a major league uniform with the Mets in 2012. In 117.0 innings, Santana posted a 4.85 ERA and 4.09 FIP. His best season came in 2005 with the Twins, when he posted a 2.87 ERA and 2.80 FIP in 231.2 innings pitched.
Since he appeared in the majors with the Mets, Santana has had two notable shoulder operations. He was expected to be in the Mets' starting rotation in 2013, however shoulder surgery kept him sidelined for the entire season. Last season, he signed a one-year deal with the Orioles but tore his achilles tendon in June while he was participating in extended spring training. Despite the fact he logged over 100 innings in 2012, Santana also sat out in 2011 as a result of shoulder surgery.
Santana returned and made a brief appearance in the Venezuelan Winter League in January and has only made 21 starts since 2010. His velocity reportedly reached 90 mph this winter however he subsequently suffered from a sore shoulder. Some major league scouts were likely skeptical because of Santana's history of shoulder issues, which might continue to trouble him as a attempts to make a comeback again next season.