ESPN MLB – Mets GM says P Johan Santana has "probably" re-tear of shoulder capsule and is "likely" out for season.
That is the text message I recieved from the World Wide Leader via their text update service. And it makes me sad.
It makes me sad, not because I drafted him on any of my fantasy teams, but because this is likely the end to a Hall-Of-Fame career.
The two time Cy Young winner and three-time ERA champ is now 34-years-old and has been in a steady decline since sitting out all of 2011 after tearing his anterior capsule during the 2010 season. Sure, he pitched a no-hitter last June, but had a horrific second half after the no-no, finishing the year with an ERA just under 5.00. The Mets were worried about his durability before this news.
Here is what MLB.com is reporting:
Johan Santana has torn his left shoulder capsule for the second time in three years, the Mets announced Thursday, almost certainly ending the two-time Cy Young Award winner's time in New York and thrusting his career in jeopardy.
A second surgery on Santana's shoulder is "a strong possibility," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said early Thursday evening. Santana will remain in New York this weekend "to decide on next steps," according to Alderson. Battling what the Mets diagnosed as left shoulder weakness throughout this spring, Santana flew to New York this week for an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. After team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek diagnosed a probable re-tear of Santana's shoulder capsule, the left-hander sought second opinions from renowned surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum. That pair confirmed the diagnosis. Santana, 34, missed the entire 2011 season following surgery to repair his torn left shoulder capsule in September 2010. He returned to the Majors 19 months later, going 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA from Opening Day 2012 through his June 1 no-hitter, the first, and only, in Mets history. But he was not the same pitcher after that, posting a 3-7 record and 8.27 ERA in his last 10 outings. With one guaranteed season remaining on his six-year, $137.5 million contract, Santana's time in New York is almost certainly finished, and his career could also be in jeopardy.
If Santana did re-tear his shoulder, it means surgery. Surgery means missing another year. The Mets still owe Santana $50 million over the next two years but have a buyout clause that would save them $19.5 million if they choose to use it.
This news could mean that big-time prospect Zack Wheeler could be up sooner than expected, especially if Shaun Marcum has to go on the DL, which was announced as a possibility earlier this week.
If you're a Santana fantasy owner, wait and see until it's official. Once surgery is announced, pick up a guy like Wheeler or possibly a Patrick Corbin, a young guy I like in Arizona.
No matter what happens, I'm pullin' for ya Johan!
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