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Santana trade cast Jacobsen aside

When the New York Mets acquired Johan Santana this offseason, it looked like a good move for everyone.

Except for Landon Jacobsen.

Sure, the Mets got the big ace they desperately needed during last year’s season-ending meltdown. And the Minnesota Twins picked up some decent prospects in lieu of losing Santana for nothing. But that was the problem. The new prospects made Jacobsen expendable and he was shown the door in the last week of spring training with the Twins.

Now, Jacobsen is a member of the York Revolution’s pitching staff, but it’s unclear when he’ll actually take the mound. The former Pittsburgh Pirates’ prospect has been dealing with some arm soreness after trying to prove himself worthy of a roster spot over the last two years. He hasn’t made a start for the Revs yet and the club will continue to evaluate his health on a day-to-day basis.

“Spring training was kind of rough for me here because I threw a lot before that trying to get ready for the season (with the Twins),” Jacobsen said recently. “I’ve been going hard at it trying to make teams for the last year and a half.”

Revolution manager Chris Hoiles said the team is also taking Pete Munro’s health on a day-to-day basis. Munro has thrown off a mound this week and could start in the weekend series against Long Island, but York will again turn to reliever Aaron Rakers for the start in the Friday night game against the Ducks. Closer Dave Veres should also be available this weekend after a mild tweak of his groin.

But the health of Munro and Jacobsen could be a serious concern if the pair is out for an extended period of time. Luckily, it hasn’t been an issue so far. The Revs’ pitching staff leads the Atlantic League in strikeouts (46) through five games and struck out 13 hitters last night — a feat that tied the club’s single-game record.


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