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Santana, Perez have 'successful' surgeries

Sep 1, 2009, 2:20 PM EST

Johan Santana and Oliver Perez each went under the knife this morning, with Santana having bone chips removed from his left elbow and Perez having scar tissue removed from his right knee.
Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek did the honors for both pitchers and afterward the team announced that the surgeries were successful. Obviously. In the long history of professional sports, has a team ever come out immediately after a surgery and said, “Wow, that went horribly”?
Anyway, barring setbacks–which incidentally could be the title of the Mets’ season video–both Santana and Perez are expected to be fully healthy for spring training. Santana has four years and $95.5 million remaining on his contract, while Perez is still owed $12 million per season for 2010 and 2011.

  1. kirk - Sep 1, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Wow, some great news for the Mets! If the front office is hurting for money so bad, they should have just cut Perez before the surgery. They could have started to save money on the medical and rehab costs right off the top for Perez. Everyone knows that he is going to make the 24 million without ever being effective again. What a waste of money! Thanks Minaya. I am sure glad we passed on the pitching free agency market last off season. Not to brag, but anyone could have seen this coming. Oh, Minaya and Jeff, if you are reading this, will you please do what I said at the beginning of the year: get a leftfielder, a catcher, Bobby Valentine, and another quailty pitcher.

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