The New York Mets have placed Johan Santana on the 15-day DL with a right ankle sprain, the team reported via Twitter. Santana struggled in the series opener vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up six runs on seven hits while throwing 72 pitches in just three innings in the 7-6 loss. It was the third straight start in which he gave up six or more runs.
Comments from Mets Manager Terry Collins to the official Mets website indicated that Santana was "not hurt" but that he might look for ways to ways to rest and re-energize the pitcher, mentioning the DL as a way to avoid two starts. Right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner was called up from Triple-A Buffalo. He has appeared both as a starter and as a reliever this season.