Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 3/28/13
New York Mets starter Johan Santana has likely re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder, an injury which will quite possibly end his season and tenure with the team.  The former Mets ace has yet to appear in a game this Spring and this past Sunday manager Terry Collins told reporters that the 34-year-old might need up to six weeks before he was ready for game action.  Apparently that was just wishful thinking, as multiple sources have now reported that season ending surgery is a strong possibility. #bbpBox_317408171352289280 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_317408171352289280 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Johan Santana flew to NY yesterday to be seen by Dr. Altchek. MRI on shoulder shows probable re-tear of anterior capsule. about 2 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin Anthony DiComo wrote in his post for MLB.com: 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. Photo by Michael G. Baron “We just don’t know when this occurred,” Alderson said. “We don’t know when it happened, how it happened. But what we do know is that at some point, symptoms appeared, and they worsened rather than improved.” 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. “I’m not a doctor or a medical historian, but these injuries are very difficult to recover from after one surgery,” Alderson said. The GM was unwilling to speculate on Santana’s chance to recover from a second, identical operation.” To hear Doug Ganville of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight weigh in on what this means for Johan and the Mets, check out the video below. In addition to wishing the best for Johan, most Mets fans are left to wonder if his absence will expedite Zack Wheeler‘s arrival to Queens. It appears that won’t be the case as Sandy Alderson stated during a conference call that his top prospect will remain on his established timetable and will remain unaffected by Santana’s prognosis.
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