Thursday, March 28, 2013

Santana likely to miss entire Mets season — maybe more

It looks like Johan Santana may never throw a pitch for the New York Mets ever again after an MRI exam reveal a possible re-tear on his left shoulder.

General manager Sandy Alderson announced the news on Thursday evening, saying Santana underwent the MRI in New York and would decide over the weekend whether to have the same surgery he had in September 2010, according to The New York Post.

Alderson said the second surgery is a strong possibility.

"We don’t know when it happened, how it happened," Alderson said. "What we do know is that at some point, symptoms appeared, and they worsened, rather than improved. It’s possible Johan will be able to shed more light on that, but at this point we simply don’t know."

Santana, in the final season of a six-year, $137.5 million contract, likely won't pitch this year, and it remains to be seen if he will ever pitch again.

Much has been made of Santana's slide after his workhorse-like no-hitter last June 1.  After the historic 134-pitch Mets' first no-no, he struggled through ten games before being put on the DL for an inflamed back.  Santana never seemed to really recover.

The lefthander experienced weakness in his left shoulder during spring training and was flown to New York on Wednesday for an examination by Dr. David Altcheck, who made the original diagnosis of a re-tear. The diagnosis was confirmed by Dr. James Andrews and Dr, Lewis Yocum on Thursday.

It's hard to pinpoint when the possible re-tear occurred because Santana has been resting a stiff lower back most of the winter but, either way, seeing Santana pitch another game in Mets' orange and blue looks pretty slim.

"If this diagnosis proves to be correct, I think in all likelihood Johan will be lost to the Mets for the season," Alderson said.

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