Santana done for year ….

The news wasn’t good for Johan Santana. He was examined today by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital For Special Surgery and will undergo minor elbow surgery that will end his season. Santana will have bone chips removed from his left elbow. The Mets said he is expected to be ready for spring training.

Several of Santana’s teammates said Monday they expected him to undergo surgery, and manager Jerry Manuel said he was “terribly concerned.” When Santana went to be examined today they weren’t expecting good news.

SANTANA: Done for season.

SANTANA: Done for season.

In fact, Mike Pelfrey said, “I don’t think anyone expects good news.”

Santana is as tough as they come. In the final weekend of the season last year, Santana pitched a three-hit shutout on a left knee that required surgery. For him to opt out of a start, he had to be really hurting.

Once again, the injury raised questions of how the Mets handle injuries. Manuel said: “He has not been throwing between starts for quite awhile. I would say since before the All-Star break. He has been pitching with this problem, but not with the level of discomfort he has now.”

A tip off was his decline in velocity, but the Mets, based on Santana saying he could pitch, kept sending him out there. Maybe they should have said no, scratched him earlier and done a MRI a month ago. It is a question that will be asked.

In response, GM Omar Minaya said in a conference call: “Up until his last start, it was something that he was able to pitch with. After his last start, he said this to us, and we are, as you say, wisely shutting him down.”

Santana had a 7-2 record and 1.77 ERA in his first 10 starts, averaging 6 2/3 innings start and 11.73 strikeouts and 7.09 hits per nine innings. Santana, who historically is a dominant second-half pitcher, still lasted as long in his subsequent starts, but was 6-7 with a 4.02 ERA. He averaged 5.36 strikeouts and 9.30 hits per nine innings.

Santana, 30, is in the second year of a six-year, $137.5 million contract.

8 thoughts on “Santana done for year ….

  1. We’re going to have a helluva rotation for the rest of the year:

    Pelfrey, Redding, Figgy, Parnell, and probably Lance Broadway to replace Perez, who went back to have his knee checked out. I AM SOOOO EXCITED!!!!! LOL

  2. The manager said he has not been throwing since the all star break. really big hedge there. as you notice the manager, which should know the health status of one of his most important players hedged big time here.

    the team has not been relevant for some time now but still trots out the foundation of their rotation every turn when they know he is crippled.

    nice job to the management team.

    misters wilpons – are you paying attention?

  3. dave (5): I understand what you’re saying and agree. However, Santana also has to share some of the responsibility. He knows his body better than anyone and maybe he should have opted out earlier.-JD

  4. 7. Delcos: I can’t agree with ylou on this one. With the investment made to these guys, there job is to say they feel pain and then it should be up to the medical experts to figure out the cause, and determine if playing would worsen the injury or not. Now since he stopped throwing between starts he must have told the team he had pain. So he did his job. Then di the team ask him if he could pitch or did they get him checked out? Either Minaya/Manuel screwed up or the medical team missed the problem.

  5. john

    i agree santana should share some responsibility, however he is a competitor and i get the feeling you have to drag him off.

    what did he do last year on one leg?

    this year he came out blazing because of the way the previous year ended.

    ultimately this is the team. you know he feels pain because he is not doing his usual regimen but you send him out anyway. the team has been out of it for a month but you send him out anyway.

    the blame in my opinion goes more to management than the player on this one.