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Surgery for Johan Santana

Posted on: September 10, 2010 3:53 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 4:36 pm
 
Johan Santana
The Mets have just announced that ace Johan Santana will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder. Metsblog.com has the complete press release.

An MRI showed Santana has a tear of the anterior capsule of the shoulder. The team expects him to be ready to throw again by spring training. Santana was 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA in 29 starts this season.

Santana was scratched Tuesday with what was then thought to be a pectoral strain, which knocked him out of a game last Thursday. He played catch Saturday, but the pain led the team to schedule the MRI.

This will be the third consecutive year for Santana to go under the knife. He had a torn meniscus in his knee repaired after the 2008 season, and had bone chips removed from his elbow in a season-ending operation last year. But this injury looks to have more serious implications for his future than the others.

Santana still has three years, plus an option year, left on his contract, and is owed at least $77.5 million.

UPDATE: With thanks to Will Carroll of baseballprospectus.com, here is a link to a description of the operation and rehab from Astros team doctor David Linter. It looks like Santana could begin a throwing program at 20 weeks (though the presented timetable is for a non-athlete), which would be early February.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

Two surgeries in two years means that the Mets are going to have to make a very strong play for Cliff Lee in the offseason because after Johan there is nobody else in that rotation to count on as 'The Guy' to stop a losing streak/start a winning streak.

Mike Pelfrey has had a good season but his body of work is still limited. He needs another solid season or two to convince me that he is a #2 and eventually a #1. Ditto those comments about Pelfrey to Johnathan Niese as well.

R.A. Dickey is a #3 and borderline #2 but not a #2 to say stop that losing streak/start a winning streak.

Oliver Perez (erratic) and John Maine (brittle) are not even worth mentioning so I will move on. 

In order to take the burden off of Johan as 'The Guy' who stops losing streaks/starts winning streaks you now see why the Mets must make a very strong play for Cliff Lee in the offseason.

Just my opinion. Nothing more. Nothing less.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:06 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

Philly fans really have nothing better to do...interesting to see if that team and its now 170 million dollar payroll actually makes it to the post season...



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

"whos the best pitcher in the NL East"

Santana of course........LOL



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:39 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

@BailGuy84 you should think before your write...instead of giving Santana the 20 million (someone who even when injured still starts 85% of his starts in a season since becoming a met ) they gave that 20 million to Lackey (how's that working out?)  Are all Phillies fans this clueless? Watch some baseball 1st, learn the game...you just got pwned. big time...sorry buddyLaughing



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

If the Mets were in contention for a pennant last year or this one, he wouldn't have gotten the surgeries before the end of the season. The whole reason he was shut down early last year and now this year to have surgery early is to make sure he arrives next year on time in spring training. Very common w/ older pitchers who need off-season surgery on teams out of contention.

The reasons the Mets haven't been in contention the past 2 years have nothing to do w/ Johan. That was still a great trade, they gave nothing up for him, and the "superior" Twins overplayed their hands. They could've had Jacoby Ellsbury or Phil Hughes on their teams for Johan. Instead they held out for Phil Humber and Carlos Gomez, neither of which are in the organization if memory serves.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

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Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:32 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

Yes, 2010 can certainly be attributed to a ace that was locked up in 2007.  And had a 2.92 ERA for the year.  Good point.




Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:25 pm
 

Surgery for Johan Santana

Wow, 2 Surgieries in 2 years.... The Red Sox and Twins show their superiority by staying awy from Johan, the NY Mets continue to show why they have yet again failed to be a contendor in 2010.....



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