The Mets have scratched Johan Santana from tomorrow’s start at Florida with discomfort in his left elbow. He’ll undergo a MRI and the Mets will have to consider shutting him down for the remainder of the season. With the Mets 16.5 games behind the Phillies, what’s the point?
Jerry Manuel said he didn’t whether Santana could pitch again this season.
“That wouldn’t be my decision, that’s a medical decision,” Manuel said.
The Mets certainly don’t want to risk further injury, but in shutting him down they won’t know the severity of the injury until spring training.
Santana, in his second season with the Mets, is 13-9 with a 3.13 ERA. He has pitched 166 2/3 innings in 25 starts.
For those of you who are asking, what else could go wrong? Well, here’s your answer.