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Sergio Santos needs season-ending shoulder surgery

Jul 15, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

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Toronto was ecstatic to land closer Sergio Santos and his team-friendly contract from the White Sox this winter, but the early returns have been awful.

Santos allowed six hits, four walks and five earned runs in five innings of relief before landing on the 15-day disabled list in late April with inflammation in his right shoulder. He hasn’t returned since, and can now be ruled out for the rest of the 2012 campaign.

According to beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Santos is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder later this week. The Blue Jays are optimistic that he’ll be back near 100 percent health for the start of the spring training next February, but there’s no guarantee.

The converted outfielder registered a 3.55 ERA and 13.1 K/9 in 63 1/3 innings last season, converting 30 saves in 36 chances. He’s making just $1 million this year and owed only $6.5 million total through 2014.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Isn’t there some empty land around the Rogers Center someplace where they could build an orthopedic hospital? Think of what it would save the Feather Lice in cab fare.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Gator, the once-barren land around the SkyDome has been taken over entirely by eyesores or, as some people call them, condos.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    take all the time you need Sergio, the jays aint going anywhere and will be keeping last place in the AL east warm when you come back

    • jaysjunkie - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Brilliant commentary, as always. You’re nothing if not predictable.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        thank you, im glad you enjoyed it as much as i do

  4. jaysjunkie - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    The news about Santos isn’t a surprise and not because of the rash of injuries these poor bastards have already experienced. All the status updates on his health since he went down just gave off a “won’t get healthy” vibe.

    Gregg Zaun on the Jays pre-game show today suggested ChiSox GM Kenny Williams looked a little suspicious for dealing Santos to the Jays. Wouldn’t be the first time Williams could be accused of that (remember the deal he did in 2001 where David Wells was part of a trade to Chicago from Toronto for Mike Sirotka, whose arm was such a mess that he never even threw a pitch in MLB again?). That being said, it calls into question (and Zaun mentioned this) the due diligence on the Jays part, that maybe they were shortsighted on the fact Santos’ delivery and mechanics were ripe for arm issues, plus the fact he was under control contract-wise for a few years. Food for thought.

  5. Chris K - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    I thought he was a converted shortstop

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