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:
#Mets GM Alderson says Santana has probable re-tear of anterior capsule in left shoulder.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 28, 2013
Second surgery for #Mets' Santana is a "strong possibility," GM Alderson says. If that is the case, he likely is out for season.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 28, 2013
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.