Johan Santana was diagnosed at the Hospital for special surgery today with left shoulder fatigue. It is expected that he will continue his throwing program once his shoulder has healed, which is expected to be sometime late next week.
Santana hasn’t pitched at all this season, recovering left shoulder surgery. Santana missed the last month of the season in 2009 with a left elbow injury. He also missed about four starts last season with the shoulder problems and pectoral issues.
It was thought before this season that Santana would be back around May, but then May turned into June, and June turned to July, and now we are here in August, and Santana has only thrown three minor league innings. I’ve been really disappointed with how this has all turned out. I was hoping that Satana could get about 2/3 of a season in and help the Mets make a playoff run. Well, here we are now, with Ike Davis on the DL, David Wright missing most of the season, and both Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez now in other cities and Santana hasn’t thrown a pitch for the team. I guess these things take time. The priority now is to get Santana back for next season.
…As Mets Today said yesterday, he may never return, and the Mets would lose between $50 and $75 million, depending on whether the Mets pick up his 2014 option.