NEW YORK - Mets staff ace Johan Santana will undergo surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday.
Santana paid a visit to renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews over the weekend, and received a diagnosis consistent with what the Mets originally found.
The operation is scheduled to take place at the Hospital for Special Surgery and will be peformed by Dr. David Altchek.
Santana was already slated to miss the remainder of the season after a tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder was found during an MRI taken last Thursday in Manhattan.
The injury is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the pectoral muscle, resulting in discomfort radiating through both the pectoral muscle and shoulder.
The New York Post revealed that following the procedure, Santana may not be fully healthy until May or June.
Santana was scratched from his last scheduled start with what was being called a strained pectoral muscle. He was forced to leave his previous assignment versus the Braves on September 2 with the injury.
The lefty hurler was 11-9 with a 2.98 earned-run average in 29 starts this year for a Mets club that will not reach postseason play in 2010. He is in the midst of a six-year deal worth $137.5 million which was signed before the 2008 season.