New York Mets left-handed starting pitcher Johan Santana
underwent successful surgery yesterday morning to repair a tear to the capsule
in the front of his throwing shoulder, the team has announced.
Johan Santana underwent successful surgery this morning at HSS to repair a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 2, 2013
The procedure and recovery that follows will sideline
Santana for the entire 2013 season. It’s a similar operation to the one that
caused the veteran to miss the 2011 campaign.
Santana was flown to New York last week to have his shoulder examined after initial results showed a probable re-tear of his anterior capsule. If this wasn’t bad enough news for the Mets, it’s also been reported
that Santana’s contract isn’t insured. For this reason, New York will be on the
hook for the $31 million remaining to be owed to the left-handed -- $25.5
million in 2013 and a $5.5 million buyout for ’14.
After missing the 2011 season, Santana returned to post an
ERA of 4.85 over 21 starts last year. He’s said that he’ll attempt to recover
and return to the majors, but there are some that believe Johan is done for
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