Johan Santana tops out at 81 mph during throwing session

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Johan Santana may be encouraged by his progress, but the velocity he displayed on Tuesday reminded major league teams that the veteran left-hander still has a long way to go before he is ready to contribute.

The 34-year-old Santana is still rebuilding arm strength after his second shoulder capsule surgery.

Santana topped out at 81 mph on Tuesday. Most of his pitches were in the 77-78 mph range according to George King of the New York Post.

The Mets declined Santana’s option for this season paying him a $5.5 million buyout instead.

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