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Friday, March 29, 2013
Alderson: No link between no-hitter, tear

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Sandy Alderson told Mike Lupica on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that there is no established connection between Johan Santana's June 1, 2012 no-hitter and the probable re-tear of the anterior capsule in the left-hander's pitching shoulder.

Alderson said Friday there is "little to suggest it had to do with the no-hitter. He continued to pitch. He was symptom-free for a period of time thereafter."

Would the no-hitter have been worth it?

"No," the GM said. "That wouldn't have been a price to be paid.

"Was [the no-hitter] a nice part of Mets history? Yeah, absolutely. If it came at the price of Johan's career? No, not worth it."

Santana, who missed the 2011 season because of shoulder surgery, won three of his next five starts after the no-hitter, then lost his final five starts. His season ended in mid-August.

Earlier on Friday, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen expressed confidence that Santana's 134-pitch no-hitter played no role in the probable re-tear.

"This is not a byproduct of the no-hitter," Warthen said. "At least I don't feel it was in any way, shape or form -- because he had good velocity and arm strength after that.

"And it doesn't matter, because he would have never let us get him out of the game anyway."

Warthen realized Santana was struggling this spring training, even if he didn't know the precise reason.

"He had trouble getting his arm into throwing position," Warthen said. "When he finally felt it was pretty good, the ball didn't come out like it generally does from Johan's arm."