New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana expected big things for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Unfortunately, none of that will be possible after he re-tore his shoulder capsule during Spring Training. The good news is that Santana’s should surgery was a success.
The 34-year old underwent surgery on the same shoulder for the second time in just under three years. Dr. David Altcheck, the organization’s medical director, performed the surgery Tuesday morning. Altcheck is a qualified orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialties in the shoulder, elbow and knee.
The last time Santana had his shoulder capsule repaired was on Sept. 14, 2010. He was forced to miss the entire 2011 baseball season because of the demanding rehabilitation process. There is no question he will miss the entire 2013 season, unless he has some sort of major breakthrough over the next several months.
A bumpy spring filled with question marks led New York to believe Santana would not be ready for Opening Day. This was certainly disappointing for many throughout the organization, but the only thing the Mets cared about was getting their ace ready to play a bulk of the season.
It is certainly a tough pill to swallow knowing that Santana’s future with the Mets remains uncertain, as it is almost guaranteed he will never be the same pitcher ever again.
The left-hander has given plenty to the game of baseball. In return, he has become one of the richest players in history. Santana is still owed $31 million from the monster contract he signed several years ago.