Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 8/20/12

According to Brian Cost of the Wall Street Journal, New York Mets starter Johan Santana will have an MRI on his back on Tuesday.


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Santana will have an MRI on his back tomorrow. about 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite @BrianCostaWSJ Brian Costa

Johan was scheduled to make his next start on Thursday, but those plans may now change according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

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Johan Santana may not pitch Thursday after all — or the remainder of this season.

After Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Rockies, Terry Collins revealed that said Santana’s lower back stiffened considerably Monday.

Collins said Santana has not officially been scratched yet. But given the Mets’ debate about whether to allow him to proceed in the first place, perhaps it’s now inevitable the southpaw is shut down for 2012.

“He came in stiffer today than he had been,” Collins said. “Actually, they got him loosened up. He threw his pen. He felt fine. When he was done, he got a little tight. He had the doctor look at it. And the doctor thought they should look at it tomorrow. So they’re going to do that.”

The Mets and their fans have had their collective backs broken for the past month so something like this only seems like a fitting end for Santana’s season.  We will have to wait and see what the MRI results say but with the team falling to a season low 8 games under .500, there’s little reason to press Johan to pitch if he’s experiencing any discomfort.

At least R.A. Dickey, Jonathon Niese, and Matt Harvey are healthy and continue to throw the ball extremely well, which gives me a reason to turn on a game at least three out of every five contests.  So, I guess it could be worse……though it doesn’t exactly feel that way of late and that no-hitter #57 threw seems like it happened looooong ago.

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