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Johan Santana out for the rest of the season with a torn achilles

Jun 6, 2014, 7:20 PM EST

National League New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana during first inning action in Washington Reuters

Earlier, Craig wrote about Orioles pitcher Johan Santana potentially having an Achilles injury. It’s worst case news: Santana tore his Achilles tendon and is out for the season, ending his attempt at a comeback, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The injury, obviously, puts his major league career in doubt.

Santana, 35, reportedly suffered the injury retrieving a ball that hit him. He had been working his way back from left shoulder surgery. The lefty signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in March which would have paid him $3 million if he was able to work his way back to the majors. The O’s had recently purchased his contract and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, signifying progress.

Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Mets, posting a 4.85 ERA in 117 innings over 21 starts. If his playing career is done, he’ll quit a two-time Cy Young award winner with a career 3.20 ERA and 1,988 strikeouts in 2,025 2/3 innings.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Poor Johan, I think at this point he calls it career. Such a shame

    • raynman49 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Poor is a poor choice of words. Too bad though.

  2. kingdiamond5 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    too bad was looking forward to seeing if he could be of any help to the orioles.

  3. storebrandcookies - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    :(

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I’m still not sure if he was hit with a come backer and tore it trying to pick it up, or what exactly happened. Not that it changes the outcome.

    Chris Tillman (and really the entire O’s rotation) just breathed a deep deep sigh of relief.

  5. stabonerichard - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Multiple CY awards, was robbed of a 3rd by voters enamored by W-L record, and could have easily had another when he led the league in both IP and ERA his first year in the NL.

    He got a late start and unfortunately an early finish, which killed his chances of HOF enshrinement, but as far as peak dominance goes Johan is among very elite company.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      he was very good, but not quite elite…

      he was not in the Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez group or level…

      peruse their stats, their PEAK seasons and ERA+ etc…

      Johan is very good indeed, but he’s in the 2nd tier below the elites…

      In Johan’s PEAK ERA+ seasons, one year he only threw 108 innings or barely half a season. In another one he threw 150 or so innings or about three quarters of a season.

      Again, Johan was very good, but even his peak wasn’t at the level of those at the very top…

      Maddux had a string of 7 consecutive years where his LOWEST ERA+ was 162.

      That was Johans second HIGHEST ERA+ ever… and it was the BOTTOM of Greg’s peak…

      • stabonerichard - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Of course Johan wasn’t up there with the all-time greats.

        His best ERA+ was 182 in ’04 when he won his first CYA. In 2006 he won the pitcher’s triple crown while winning his 2nd CYA. The sandwich year in ’05 was when the voters & Bartolo robbed him of what should have been a 3-peat.

        Again, that’s still not enough to put him in the HOF, let alone up there with top-10 pitchers of all time, but in terms of peak dominance he had one of the better runs in baseball history. Beyond that, I guess it’s subjective… when thinking about the entire history of baseball are there only 10 elite pitchers, 20, 30, whatever… for me Johan’s peak was truly special.

      • jwbiii - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        Jay Jaffe defines “peak” as a player’s seven best seasons. He rates Santana’s peak about even with Dave Stieb and Luis Tiant, who aren’t in, and Don Drysdale, who is. Seems about right to me. All three had longer careers than Santana has had to date.

  6. gothapotamus90210 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    This isn’t the last we’ve heard of him.

    Achilles tendons heal, and it’ll give him another year to rehabilitate/rest his shoulder.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Looking at Ryan Howard leaves me with some doubts. I hope Johan is able to do whatever he wants to do, but I am not optimistic about his chances of pitching again in the bigs.

  7. kappy32 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    I am diehard Mets fan & I will be forever grateful for his no hitter, but that game ruined his career. He was one of the best pitchers of this generation, and a single 140 pitch night ruined it. After this injury, I don’t think we will ever see him back. It’s a shame & I’m torn about it.

  8. spyder9669 - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    140 pitches in a game is nothing. Tim Lincecum threw a 150 pitch no hitter just last year. Masahiro Tanaka was abused to no end in Japan pitching back to back games. Johan Santana decided to make a living throwing nothing but breaking balls for his entire career. His arm is now linguine. Game over.

    • byjiminy - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Right! And just look at Lincecum now!

  9. joehahntpt - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    isn’t this exactly was killed Mark Mulder’s comeback earlier this year?

  10. tross16 - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Just hang em up man:(

    • gloccamorra - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Why quit when he can get a team to give him $1 million to try another comeback, like Mark Pryor did a couple times?

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