TORONTO – Johan Santana has abandoned his comeback bid with the Toronto Blue Jays but isn’t ready to retire just yet.
General Manager Alex Anthopoulos said Saturday that a toe infection was the primary factor in Santana’s decision. He said the two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Twins plans on pitching winter ball.
Santana hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 with the New York Mets. The 36-year-old lefthander signed a minor league deal with Toronto in February but never appeared in a game at any level.
He missed all of 2011 and 2013 following shoulder surgeries. He signed a minor league deal with Baltimore in 2014 but his season ended last June after he tore his Achilles’ tendon.
Santana is 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 major league seasons. He won the AL Cy Young with the Twins in 2004 and ’06.