Mets left-hander Johan Santana has a “probable” re-tear of his left shoulder capsule, GM Sandy Alderson announced on a conference call on Thursday. He was examined in New York and a second opinion confirmed the diagnosis. Alderson said surgery is a “strong possibility.”
Santana, 34, first tore the capsule and required surgery in September 2010. He missed the entire 2011 campaign and went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts in 2012 before his season ended in mid-August due to ankle and back problems.
Alderson said it’s unclear when the re-tear may have occurred. Santana was shut down this spring in an effort to build arm strength, but it became clear he would miss the start of the season in recent weeks. The injury may have occurred long before symptoms showed.
Torn shoulder capsules are among the most serious injuries a pitcher can suffer. Mark Prior, Chien-Ming Wang, John Maine, Chris Young, Rich Harden and Dallas Braden all needed surgery for a torn capsule and none were able to recapture their previous form. A second procedure would surely end Johan’s season and possibly his career.
Posted: March 28, 2013 at 06:11 PM | 93 comment(s)
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