He threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history back on June 1st against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets announced today that their history making pitcher, Johan Santana has been placed on the 15 day DL, a trip that could keep him out of the rotation for the remainder of 2012.
According to a report by Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York, Santana’s MRI from Tuesday exposed inflammation in his lower back. Back injuries are serious, but the good news is that his doctors do not feel that surgery is needed.
Shutting him down for the rest of the season might not be a bad thing considering that he has struggled since his brilliant performance on June 1st.
Santana (6-9) takes a 4.85 ERA, 111 strikeouts, and 1.33 WHIP in 117 innings pitched with him to the DL.
The big issue here is that this injury could plague him into next season. No doubt his rehab will be a story to keep an eye on all offseason long.