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Johan Santana done for season with back injury

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Mets left-hander Johan Santana won't pitch again in 2012. (US Presswire)

Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana is expected to be out for the rest of the season after an MRI revealed lower back inflammation, the Mets announced Wednesday.

Santana will not require surgery, only medication and rest. Thus, it's a good bet he will return with a clean bill of health next spring. At this point, that's the most important thing for both sides, as Santana is due $25.5 million next season.

Santana, 33, ends what has to be considered a successful comeback season. The numbers as a whole don't look great, as he ends 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, but there's some necessary context here.

First of all, Santana was coming off a very serious shoulder injury that could have ended his career. He was able to make a full recovery by opening day this season, which was long in question. Then consider that Santana was 6-4 with a 2.76 ERA through his first 16 starts, among them the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history on June 1.

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