Johan Santana will miss the entire 2013 season for the New York Mets after re-tearing the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, an injury he had surgery to repair in 2010. Santana was already scheduled to start the season on the disabled list, but with the discovery of this new injury will miss what will likely be his last season in New York.
Santana threw 134 pitches in a no-hitter last season, the first in the franchise history of the Mets. The no-hitter was back in June, but some are tracing Santana’s injury back to that game because of the amount of pitches he threw. Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson downplayed the connection when asked by the media on Friday, as Santana was healthy and able to pitch for a time after the no-hitter. Although Santana won three of his first starts after the no-hitter, he then lost five straight before ending the season on the disabled list.
This all comes after Santana and the team had been arguing over the veteran pitcher’s readiness to throw. Santana wanted to pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, but the Mets did not let him as he was coming off of an injury. The team wanted Santana to wait and build up arm strength before making a Grapefruit League start, which also frustrated the former Cy Young Award winner, leading him to throw a bullpen session without the team’s knowledge.
Now Santana will be paid $31 million this year without throwing a pitch for the Mets. The team could have unloaded Santana at the trade deadline this season, but his injury ensures that he will be in New York for the entire season. It’s a shame that Santana’s tenure with the Mets will end with an injury, but it is fitting.