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Mets' Santana has a setback

Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 5:47 pm
Johan Santana's chances of pitching for the Mets this year got slimmer Tuesday, when the team announced that he would return to New York for a further examination of his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Santana, who made a rehabilitation start last week at Class A Port St. Lucie, was scheduled for another start Wednesday. The Mets first pushed it back by a day, then called it off after Santana experienced continuing discomfort in the shoulder.

Setbacks are hardly unusual for pitchers trying to come back from the surgery that Santana had, to repair a torn anterior capsule in the shoulder. Chien-Ming Wang, who had the surgery in July of 2009, finally returned to the major leagues for the first time last Friday night with the Nationals. Mark Prior still hasn't returned to the big leagues, after having the surgery in 2008.

The Mets had been encouraged by Santana's recovery, since he had the surgery last September. By pitching him in a rehab game last week, they started a 30-day clock that normally would have had him returning to the active roster later this month. The Mets can stop that clock now that Santana is going to get a further examination.

The Mets owe Santana $49.5 million over the next two seasons, with a $25 million option or $5.5 million buyout for 2014.
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Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:36 pm

Mets' Santana has a setback

"The Mets owe Santana $49.5 million over the next two seasons, with a $25 million option or $5.5 million buyout for 2014."  

Unreal.  Mets management must be kicking themselves.  And to think Johan would've been back with the Mets later this month or early September, -sigh-.  It's looking like Santana will never regain his once dominate form.  In Minnesota, J.S. was a stud.  In New York, he had one solid season.  I love my favorite baseball team, but there are times I wonder if the Mets are truly cursed.  



Their "curse" is bad management.  You can go back and find plenty of pieces where people referenced decreased velocity, diminished periperhals and openly posed the question that Santana might have already been falling apart physically BEFORE the trade for him, let alone the big extension.

The Mets got him for what amounted to a shitty package of can miss prospects simply because the big players were hesitant to give up a lot for a guy who gave signs of being hurt and about to have bad years.

Yeah, his numbers were good but they were also the NL.

Even then his Hits allowed, K's per season, WHIP, K's, K/9 IP, K/BB ration and so one were already trending badly when he was traded and continued to go the wrong direction (despite facing less potent offenses & getting a pitcher hitting every 9th batter) once he hit the NL.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:41 am

Mets' Santana has a setback

@ lumpoco:

Barry Zito and Santana are overpaid left handed Cy Young pitchers that have underperformed since signing their large contracts,
I have to say, you are way off base with Santna.  In his first season after the trade that brought him to the Mets, Santana was 16-7 with a 2.53 ERA.  That lead the major leagues and he also lead the national league in innings pitched that season.  He finished second in the league in strikeouts that season and finished third in ERA.  If it had not been for the 7 leads the bullpen blew in his starts (also lead the league) he would have lead the league in wins and would have easily won the Cy Young.  Not only that, but the second to last game of the season, with The Mets playoff hopes hanging by a thread, he went out and threw a complete game 3-hit shutout (on short rest) against Florida to keep their post season hopes alive. 

He had a very good season in 2010 despite pitching with a bad knee and elbow.  He finally had surgery in late August that sidelined him for the rest of the season.  His walks per 9 innings and strikouts per 9 innings were nearly identical to his 2008 season.

In 2010, he was having another very solid season until he was sidelined with shoulder surgery.  He had more starts and a better ERA than he had in 2009.  He also had 4 complete games but finished with 2 fewer wins than the previous season because of pathetic run support. 

Yes, staying healthy is a huge deal, but when he's been healthy, Johan has been one of thee best pitchers in the league. 

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