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Johan Santana is leaning toward surgery, hopes to continue career

Mar 30, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

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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.

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