Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/21/12

The New York Mets announced today that their struggling ace, Johan Santana, has been placed on the disabled list and the team has recalled right-hander Jeremy Hefner to take his place on the active roster.  According to the team’s official press release:

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The New York Mets today announced the team placed lefthanded pitcher Johan Santana on the 15-Day Disabled List with a right ankle sprain and recalled righthanded pitcher Jeremy Hefner from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League.  Hefner will wear uniform #53 and will be available for today’s game.

Santana, 33, is 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA (49 earned runs/110.2 innings) in 19 starts this season.  The lefthander threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1 vs. St. Louis, but since that start is 3-5 with a 6.54 ERA (31 earned runs/42.2 innings).

Hefner, 26, joins the Mets for the third time this season. In his two previous stints with the club, the 6-4, 216-pound native of Perkins, OK, went 1-3 with a 5.64 ERA (19 earned runs/30.1 innings) in 11 games, three starts.  Hefner went 5-2 with a 2.77 ERA (19 earned runs/61.2 innings) in 10 games, nine starts, with Buffalo.”

I’m hopeful that the sore ankle is was the cause of Johan’s ineffectiveness of late and that missing a couple starts will give him enough time to recoup and eventually recapture his early season form. https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/226706172722413568 Though the team recalled Jeremy Hefner, there’s no guarantee that the 26-year-old will be the one to take Santana’s turn in the rotation.  In fact, the Matt Harvey watch is back on: https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/226702854549823490 So all eyes turn to Harvey to see if he’s ready.  The 23-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his last five starts for Buffalo, during which time he’s struck out 32 while walking 11 in 30 2/3 IP.

I understand not rushing the kid, but at this point I think the team is way past that.  Harvey wants the ball and has earned a shot.  The Mets and their fans could certainly use a boost and a glimpse into the future might help jumpstart things here in the second half.  What’s there really to lose at this point?  If the front office is that concerned that a poor debut and some adversity would be detrimental to Harvey long term then the question really becomes how he fits into New York’s plans in the future.  He will have to be mentally tough to pitch on such a big stage and he hardly seems like the kind of kid to shy away from a challenge.  Now is as good a time as any and with the club struggling the potential reward seems to outweigh the risk.

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