Johan Santana Hits Another Snag


The Minnesota Twins have been monitoring Johan Santana ever since the Mets fleeced the club in a trade. Having battled injuries through much of the time he has spent away from the Twins, Santana has continually been on the comeback trail. This offseason again, Santana is attempting to return from a torn achilles tendon, but has once again hit a bump in the road.

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After being shut down last week due to shoulder soreness, Santana’s comeback attempt once again got off track. Initial reports indicated he would miss the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs, but Santana pushed the envelope. After missing a start, no structural damage was found with his shoulder. The hope was that Santana would find himself immediately reinserted into plans for the playoffs.

Now, reports indicate that Johan Santana has been scratched from the remainder of the playoffs, and his hopes of auditioning for teams in winter ball are officially over. At 35 years old, Santana will have to rely on throwing sessions in hopes of getting a major league team to take a flier on him.

As we looked at last week with the news that the Twins were monitoring Johan Santana, a signing of the former Cy Young winner doesn’t appear to be likely. If anything, Minnesota may be Santana’s last stop on his way out of the major leagues. Considering a return to the big leagues, even on a minor league contract, appears to be a long shot, Johan may be looking at hanging it up.

What once looked like a very promising career for the former Twins hurler, was quickly derailed by constant injury issues. Here’s to hoping for a one day contract with the Twins in Johan Santana’s near future.

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