Viera, FL (Sports Network) - The career of New York Mets starting pitcher
Johan Santana has taken a serious turn for the worse.
The team announced on Thursday that the former Cy Young Award winner has re-
torn his left shoulder capsule, and that a second surgery to repair the
shoulder is "a strong possibility."
Santana missed the entire 2011 season after originally tearing his pitching
shoulder in September of the 2010 campaign. Mets general manager Sandy
Alderson said that the 34-year-old will soon decide how to proceed.
Shortly after his arrival at spring training. Santana was diagnosed with left
shoulder weakness, and has since been limited to long-toss regimens for the
past several weeks.
Santana, a four-time All Star, returned from his year-long absence to start
the 2012 opener for New York, and on June 1 tossed the first no-hitter in
Mets' history, on a career-high 134 pitches.
Accomplishing the feat seemed to have devastating after effects, as Santana
went just 3-7 over his next 10 starts with an 8.27 ERA. Battling ankle, back
and shoulder issues, the Mets eventually shut him down for good in mid-August.
Santana is scheduled to earn $25.5 million this season, the final year of the
six-year, $137.5 million contact. The Mets have a club option for 2014, but
aren't expected to pick it up.
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