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Johan Santana is getting shut down for the year

Aug 22, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Johan Santana has been getting killed lately. Killed so bad that people have been talking about just shutting him down for the season. While the Mets first instinct was to put him on a pitch count, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that they have decided to simply shut him down instead.

Santana has a lower back inflammation and will be placed on the DL. No surgery is necessary.  Rubin reports that the Mets are taking this well, with Sandy Alderson saying that he’s confident Santana will be back next season and that Santana “accomplished quite a lot” given that it was his first season back following serious shoulder surgery.

And he did. Certainly the no-hitter, and at times early in the season he was effective. But whether it was a stamina issue or whether ongoing issues with his shoulder caused him to rely too much on his back or some other thing in that vein, he just wasn’t the old Johan for much of the year. A year in which Santana went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 111 strikeouts and 39 walks in 117 innings.  With that no hitter and another shutout he still leads the league in shutouts.

See you next year, Johan. Here’s hoping this is merely a bump on the long way back from major surgery.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Definitely the right thing to do. ’12 is over and now the Mets will get a chance to give McHugh/Mejia/Familia looks in the starting rotation.

    I hope they stick with a 6-man rotation despite this so that the young arms can be evaluated.

  2. Alex K - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Substitute Matthew Pouliot for Johan Santana and the same thing is happening in the post about the family getting $14.5 million!

  3. Nick C - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    1) Santana is tied for the league lead in shutouts with Adam Wainwright.

    2) * Santana gave up a fair ball in play that was a hit but for a terrible call by the umpire.

    3) In retrospect was the * hitter worth it?

    Commence the thumbs down voting….

    • keithbangedyermom - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      A no-hitter is a no-hitter in the reference books. Don’t let your Mets hatred cloud your intelligence.

    • chill1184 - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      (yawn) Poor troll by either a ghetto trash Yankee fan, a still bitter Cardinal Fan, scumbag Phillies fan or redneck Braves fan.

      Troll rating 1

  4. keithbangedyermom - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Yeah, it was.

  5. test2402 - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    The mets. Hahahahahahahaha. The mets.

    • keithbangedyermom - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      He hit your mom too.

  6. KOBEshigawa - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    I suppose the issue isn’t even whether or not that 134 pitch no-hitter was the tipping point for him torpedoing his season. We’ll probably never know for certain. BUT, the real question is if it worth it for Mets fans. They got a lifelong memory instead of perhaps a one-game Wild Card playoff, but isn’t the game played for titles, not for no-hitters? A team like the Mets (two strong starters and a good enough offense) could have done some damage in the postseason. I’m guessing for most of the fanbase, leaving Santana out there in a performance that COULD have ruined the rest of the season was worth it, seeing as their chances for postseason glory were slim. Really interesting question.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    With that no hitter and another shutout he still leads the league in shutouts.

    Along with R.A. Dickey, Adam Wainwright, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Clayton Kershaw. Some great company there.

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