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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson tried to quash talk on Friday that Johan Santana's latest shoulder injury can be traced to his 134-pitch no-hitter last June.
Alderson told Mike Lupica on ESPN New York 98.7 FM 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."
Santana, who missed the 2011 season because of shoulder surgery, re-tore the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder this spring.
Santana is leaning toward another surgery but definitely wants to attempt to resume his career, a source close to Santana's decision said Friday.
Coming off the injury in 2011, many questioned leaving the left-hander in for so many pitches, even with the franchise's only no-hitter on the line. Santana won three of his next five starts after the no-hitter, then lost his final five starts. His season ended in mid-August. He had an 8.27 ERA over the 10 starts after the no-no before landing on the disabled list.Could making history ever be worth this kind of injury, Alderson was asked hypothetically.