Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/21/12

The New York Mets had dropped their seventh game of their last eight, and manager Terry Collins acknowledged that they would also have to ponder what to do with Johan Santana.

The options, Collins said, could include skipping a start and even a disabled-list stint, though the manager said his top lefty wasn't "hurt."

Once a poster child for the pleasant surprise of a team contending in the first half, when he threw the franchise's first no-hitter on June 1, Santana now symbolizes how the team has fallen back to earth.

After responding in his return from left shoulder surgery for most of the first half, Santana has faltered since the no-hitter, allowing 31 runs in 42 2/3 innings. That included the six runs he gave up in Friday night's 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Santana said after the game he was OK, though he admitted he wasn't feeling his best. The key issue, he and Collins said, was his lack of command.

Collins said the club would consider options to help "get some energy back in his arm."

That would include weighing the possibility of having him miss at least two starts with a DL stint. That possibility is not the most appealing considering the rotation is already in patchwork mode with Dillon Gee likely out the rest of the season and the bullpen being a weakness so far this year.

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