Johan Santana injury: Mets SP could miss season

Chris McGrath

Johan Santana apparently has reinjured his left shoulder, with a tear in his anterior capsule - the same thing that cost him his 2011 season. If true, he'll likely miss the entire year, the fifth straight year the two-time Cy Young winner has missed time with injuries.

It's likely that Johan Santana has reinjured his throwing shoulder, meaning the Mets' lefty could miss yet another entire season.

The news comes via Ken Rosenthal:

This is the same injury that cost him about a season and a half two years ago.

Santana came to New York with much hoopla in 2008 after winning in the Cy Young in 2006 and 2008, signing a $137.5 million contract that runs through this season with a club option for next year. But his Mets' career has amounted to a no-hitter, a few good partial years, and a whole lot of injuries.

Santana has only pitched one complete season with New York, in 2008. He missed the end of the 2009 season after getting surgery to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow, tore his anterior capsule in 2010 and missed the entire 2011 season recovering from that injury, and only pitched 21 games last year. Now, the capsule has apparently retorn.

Even when healthy, Santana hasn't been the guy the Mets dreamed, as he had a 4.85 ERA last season. But the team would still like to have their hypothetical ace able to pitch. Instead, it looks as if he'll miss another full year. It's really a pity to see a pitcher who showed so much promise and was as dominant as Johan was hampered by the same issue over and over again.

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