|Mets left-hander Johan Santana won't pitch again in 2012. (US Presswire)|
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.