Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 3/28/13
New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana may never throw another pitch again. In a conference call on Thursday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that Santana has probably re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. If the capsule is torn, Santana would need a second surgery on the shoulder and would miss all of the 2013 season. Santana initially had surgery for the torn capsule in September of 2010, and he missed all of the 2011 season recovering from the surgery. Santana came back to the Mets in 2012, and the 34-year old pitched fine over the first three months of the season, pitching to a 2.84 ERA in 95 innings. However, in five starts in July and August, Santana was awful, throwing only 19 innings and putting together an awful 15.63 ERA. People like to point at Santana's 134 pitch no-hitter on June 1st against the Cardinals as the moment his season peaked, but after allowing ten runs in ten innings over his next two starts, Santana allowed just two runs in 20 innings to close out June before it hit the fan as the calendar turned to July. Two major shoulder surgeries under Santana's belt going into the 2014 season, when he'd be 35, isn't a good omen for his future success. Early in his career, Santana was on a Hall of Fame path with the Twins, winning two Cy Young awards in three years and getting robbed of a third. by Bartolo Colon in 2005. But since being dealt to the Mets before the 2008 season, it's been a different story for Santana. He topped 200 innings just once with New York, in his first year with the club, after crossing that mark in his last four years with the Twins. He also only made 30 starts once as a Met and has never struck out a batter per inning, which he did six times as a Twin. If this is the end for Santana, it'll be a disappointing conclusion. Once thought to be one of the best pitchers in the game, he simply hasn't lived up to his six year, $137.5 million contract that he signed after Minnesota dealt him east. For that $137.5 million, Santana gave the Mets just 717 innings and contributed only 12.6 fWAR to the team...or about $10.9 million per win. Santana is due to make $25.5 million for the Mets this year, and if he doesn't throw a pitch, the Mets will have more than half of their $83 milloin payroll to players who won't play for them in 2013 after eating Jason Bay's contract. To make matters worse for the Mets (if possible), Santana's contract reportedly isn't insured at all, meaning that they're not even going to get any salary relief like the Braves did with Mike Hampton's never-ending spree of injuries or the Yankees are with Mark Teixeira's WBC-induced wrist injury. [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Irving unhappy with LeBron's style of play

Report: Mayweather's GF being harassed by McGregor fans

LaVar Ball pulls entire AAU team from floor, forfeits game

Pablo Sandoval apologizes for comments about Giants

LeBron James seems to respond to Kyrie Irving's trade request

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Senator jokes that President Trump should nominate Tom Brady for ambassadorship

Report: Cubs interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy

Marc-Andre Fleury took Stanley Cup on a road trip, protected it well

Cardinals say Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald won't play in Hall of Fame Game

Chiefs LB Tamba Hali goes on Twitter rant, seemingly wants out

O.J. Simpson still invited to attend Hall of Fame ceremonies

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

Kicking It: USMNT struggles to find consistency in Gold Cup as World Cup qualifying nears

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

Box Score 7/21: Stay cool this weekend sports fans

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker