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Johan Santana leaves Thursday start with pectoral strain

Sep 2, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

From New York’s WFAN comes word that Mets left-hander Johan Santana was lifted from his Thursday start against the Braves due to a strained pectoral muscle.

Santana threw only 65 pitches and lasted only five innings.  He was great while on the rubber, allowing just three hits and one earned run while racking up three strikeouts, but he apparently injured himself while throwing a pitch and could be in danger of missing his next start.

The Mets, for now, are calling him “day-to-day,” but that status could change when Santana is reevaluated on Friday morning. 

He has a 10-9 record, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 29 starts this season and has been one of the few bright spots for the fourth-place Metropolitans. 

  1. BC - Sep 3, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    I said at the beginning of the season that these guys would be 78-84. Now it looks like they may not even reach that.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    The worst part is that his contract was pretty front-loaded…they actually owe him at a minimum $77.5 million over the next 3 years if they buy him out of his $25 million team option for 2014. WOW!!!

  3. BC - Sep 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    He’s pitching fine. The stats bear that out. He’d have won 16 or more games for a team that could score any runs. It’s just one of those what-can-go-wrong-with-the-Mets-does-go-wrong-with-the-Mets things.
    They might as well shut him down at this point. No sense screwing him up.

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