Originally written April 30, 2013 on New York Sports-Kings:
Johan Santana will always be remembered by Mets fans.  He has a certain spot in the history of the franchise for throwing the club’s first and only no-hitter (until Matt Harvey throws one). Not a single Mets fan regrets the decision that Terry Collins made to keep Santana in.  He threw a career high 134 pitches in the game and was far from perfect, but he got what everyone wanted. Unfortunately, he is now injured and will not be pitching for the Mets this season.  The former Cy Young winner had his second surgery in the last 31 months and many believe that this injury to his throwing shoulder resulted from over-extending himself in that game. One of the believers of this theory is Mets head coach Terry Collins who told reporters on Wednesday that he still feels guilty about letting Santana keep going just a few months removed from surgery, according to Mike Kerwick of The Record.  The topic came up when someone asked about Matt Harvey’s career high 121 pitches in Monday’s 4-3 extra inning loss to the Marlins. Collins still feels guilty about letting Santana throw all those pitches during his no-hitter. Came up today in discussion of Harvey. — Mike Kerwick (@mikekerwick) April 30, 2013 Collins said he knew the no-hitter was important to the Mets and their fans, but feels he is not with the team today because of it. Collins: “It turned out not to be a very good idea… A lot of people are happy they saw the no-hitter, but I wish he was starting today.” — Mike Kerwick (@mikekerwick) April 30, 2013 A healthy Santana would be a luxury for this Mets team, who are in the middle of a four game losing streak.  After a strong first few weeks, the starting pitching has been shaky of late and this has many calling for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to get the call earlier than expected. Filling Santana’s shoes has been difficult, but Harvey has done everything to make people forget about the injury.  And after a strong first month and drawing comparisons to every Mets pitching great, he is doing just that. Follow us on Twitter – @NYSportskings Like Dave Ragazzo on Facebook and follow him on Twitter The post Terry Collins Feels Guilty About Johan Santana’s Injury appeared first on New York Sports Kings.

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