Flushing, NY – New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana will once again go under the knife in order to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.
The season-ending procedure will be Santana's second in less than three years, and with his six-year, $137.5 million contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, his career with New York may be official over.
Dealing with shoulder weakness most of spring training, the two-time Cy Young Award winner will undergo surgery on Tuesday, and if he never pitches for the Mets again, he will have compiled a 46-34 record with a 3.18 ERA over 109 starts since arriving in Flushing prior to the 2008 season.
Santana missed the entire 2011 season after originally tearing his pitching shoulder in September of the 2010 campaign, but returned to start Opening Day of 2012. Two months later, he became the first pitcher in Mets history to throw a no-hitter, but needed a career-high 134 pitches to do so.
The 34-year-old then struggled over his next 10 starts and was then shut down for good in mid-August due to ankle, back and shoulder problems.
Over the course of his 12-year-career, the native of Venezuela has amassed a 139-78 record with a 3.20 ERA and 1,988 strikeouts.