Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/21/12
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Slumping New York Mets left-handed starter Johan Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sore right ankle. Santana allowed six runs for his third straight start Friday and has struggled in general since his no-hitter on June 1. Santana hurt his ankle July 6 when the Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson stepped on it during a play at first base. "We've pretty much determined the ankle issue is bigger than everyone realized," Mets manager Terry Collins said before Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Collins said the ankle pain has caused Santana to use just his arm to pitch, which has caused fatigue. "As I told him this morning, there's no injury there (in the arm), but due to the fatigue, injury is possible," Collins said. The Mets said Santana would comment after the game. Santana is in the roughest stretch of his career in which he is 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA in his last three starts. His latest effort resulted in a 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Do...
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