Johan Santana Injury: Mets Shut Down Veteran Lefty For Season

Did Johan Santana of the New York Mets injure himself during his no-hitter?

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Johan Santana Injury Update: Mets Will Shut Down Veteran Lefty

The New York Mets have shut down veteran pitcher Johan Santana for the season. The news came late Wednesday afternoon from general manager Sandy Alderson, who said Santana has lower back inflammation that will not require surgery.

The injury itself, which was discovered after an MRI on Tuesday, would not usually keep Santana out for the whole season as doctors are prescribing just rest and medication. However, the Mets (57-66) are very quickly slipping out of the postseason race, and it would do the 33-year-old veteran no good to keep him throwing.

[Related: Yankees place Ivan Nova on disabled list]

Santana will end his season with a 6-9 record and a 4.85 ERA. Those numbers are a bit deceiving, as Santana was a key factor in New York's solid first half, which included the former Cy Young Award winner tossing the franchise's first ever no-hitter on June 1.

For reaction on Johan Santana, check out the SB Nation blog Amazin' Avenue.

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Johan Santana Injury Update: Ace To Undergo MRI, Might Be Shut Down

Johan Santana will get an MRI on his balky back Tuesday, a test which could shut down Santana for the season.

Santana gave the Mets a nice 50th birthday present by pitching the franchise's first no-hitter in June, but has been shaky since, and that's putting it nicely. Santana's last five starts have been losses. He's given up over six runs in each, and hasn't made it past the fifth inning in any. That led manager Terry Collins to set a plan to get Santana through a bad stretch: he'd limit the pitcher to under 100 pitches in this Thursday's outing and evaluate the pitcher's health after a few more starts, with the potential to shut him down after rosters expanded in September. But that plan could be in jeopardy: Santana's back is apparently really bothering him, and if an MRI reveals anything bad, the Mets will likely end his season early.

Shutting down Santana would be the prudent plan for the Mets if anything comes up in the test: Santana is still a great pitcher, as evidenced by his 2.78 ERA at the end of June before his horrendous five-game stretch. He'll be more helpful to the team in the future than he will with the team nearly 20 games out of the division lead.

For more on the Mets, there's Amazin' Avenue, as well as SB Nation New York.

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