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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Johan: probable re-tear of capsule

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. --Johan Santana has suffered a probable re-tear of the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, which he originally had operated on in 2010.

Santana, who turned 34 earlier this month, is in the final guaranteed season of a six-year, $137.5 million with the club. He is still owed $31 million with a 2014 buyout. The contract is not insured.

Sandy Alderson said undergoing the surgery again is a "strong possibility." No pitcher is believed to have done that twice.

Santana originally underwent surgery on Sept. 2, 2010, to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder -- a rare procedure in baseball -- and finally returned to the majors last season. Although he had first-half success, including the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, Santana faded badly before landing on the disabled list in August.

The Mets attributed the swoon and shortened 2012 season to multiple factors: arduous rehab work the previous winter that left him worn down, an ankle injury caused when Reed Johnson stepped on Santana's ankle during a bang-bang play while the southpaw covered first base, and a lower-back injury.

Left-hander Jonathon Niese will get his first Opening Day assignment for the Mets in Santana's absence. Right-hander Jeremy Hefner will fill the rotation void.

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