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Johan Santana is leaning toward surgery, hopes to continue career

Mar 30, 2013, 10:03 AM EST

Johan Santana AP

We learned on Thursday that Johan Santana is dealing with a “probable re-tear” of the anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder and is likely facing another surgery. Santana needed 19 months to make it back to the majors following the first surgery, so there has been some speculation about whether he wants to go through another one. While he hasn’t made a final decision yet, early indications are that he isn’t ready to give up on his playing career.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a person who spoke to Santana said that the left-hander is leaning heavily toward having the surgery and making a comeback.

“He’s not ready to end his career,” the person said. “This is not the way he wants it to end.”

Santana is in New York this weekend and isn’t expected to a decision on his future until he discusses the situation with his family. However, Santana’s agent, Chris Leible, indicated on Twitter last night that his client wants to pitch again.

A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Santana owns a 3.20 ERA over 12 seasons in the major leagues. The 34-year-old has led the league in ERA and strikeouts three times.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    More power to Santana if he gets the surgery and comes back to the game

    • michaelmcqueen2013 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      This is exactly what will happen with Johan Santana. He will collect his 30 plus million dollars from the Mets this year. He will attempt a comeback next spring with a minor league contract from a team like the Astros or Mariners. He will make it through the first two weeks before being released. That is when the end will come. It seems like the shoulder is unable to take the stress anymore. He has had a great career. Its all good.

  2. DonRSD - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Can’t wait to get his contract off the books.

    In positive news, now we have an open pitching spot for some of our young pitchers to get some big league experience.
    LET’S GO METS!!!

    • dondada10 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      It’s not gonna be Wheeler until they’ve delayed his time enough. They might allow him to be a Super 2 and call him up in May, but there’s a chance you don’t see him at all till June.

      Too bad Mejia is hurt again.

  3. ndnut - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Come back to Minnesota Johan!!!!

  4. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Great pitcher in his prime. Not a Hall of Famer though. Right?

  5. fissels - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Too bad, but the Mets continue to be the team where great players go to be hit with bad luck.

  6. yousuxxors - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I think he could if been a HOF but the injuries just fucked his career up.

  7. imbetterthanyou - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Agreed…he was well in his way. It really is a shame.

  8. scrock25 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Definitely NOT a HoF pitcher.

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