I found out by way of Aaron Gleeman that Johan Santana is likely done for the season after tearing the anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder for the second time in less than three years. Santana missed 2011 after the first injury, but returned last season to throw the first no-hitter in Mets history. He’ll likely become a free agent following the 2013 season, and will be 35 before Opening Day 2014.
Even if he pitches again, it sounds like Santana’s career could effectively be over, at least as far as being the dominant ace he once was. That no-no for the Mets last year caught me off guard, but just about every time he took the mound for the Twins from 2004-2007, a no-hitter seemed like a possibility. Here’s the 17 K game against the Rangers on August 19, 2007:
Santana was removed following the eighth inning with his pitch count up to 112. He allowed no walks, and Sammy Sosa picked up the only two Texas hits of the game.