Santana undergoes shoulder surgery

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, Last Updated: 3:23 PM ET

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- New York Mets left-handed ace Johan Santana underwent successful shoulder surgery on Tuesday, but a timetable for his return to the mound is unknown.

The 31-year-old had the procedure done on his pitching shoulder to fix a torn capsule, performed by team doctor David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The capsule is located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the pectoral muscle, resulting in discomfort radiating through both areas.

He was forced to leave his last start versus Atlanta on Sept. 2 with the injury and it was determined surgery would be required shortly after.

Santana was 11-9 with a 2.98 earned-run average in 29 starts this year for a Mets club that will miss the 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.


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