Johan Santana has landed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
He has allowed six or more earned runs in each of his past three starts, tying a franchise record.
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Manager Terry Collins suggested the ankle injury prompted Santana to use his arm more during his delivery, tiring his surgically repaired shoulder.
Santana suffered the ankle injury covering first base in his final first-half start. After twisting the ankle, the Cubs’ Reed Johnson stepped on him, exacerbating the situation.
The Mets have promoted right-hander Jeremy Hefner from Triple-A Buffalo.
With the Mets already needing to fill Dillon Gee’s rotation spot following last week’s shoulder surgery to repair a damaged artery, the Mets are actually down three starting pitchers from the opening of the season. Mike Pelfrey underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this year.
That could signal the promotion next week of 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey for his major league debut.
Harvey, who was passed over today for a start against the Dodgers in favor of 41-year-old Miguel Batista, is due to pitch Saturday night for Triple-A Buffalo.
Hefner could take Santana’s next turn, Wednesday opposite against Stephen Strasburg at Citi Field. Harvey conceivably could make his major league debut Thursday in Arizona on standard rest in the Batista/Gee slot and remain in the rotation going forward. And the better option between Hefner or Batista could continue to get starts until Santana is ready to return.