MLB notes: Mets' Johan Santana to have season-ending surgery

New York Mets' pitcher Johan Santana stretches during warm up exercises before a MLB National...

New York Mets' pitcher Johan Santana stretches during warm up exercises before a MLB National League baseball Spring training workout in Port St Lucie, Florida February 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)

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The New York Mets announced Monday that left-hander Johan Santana will miss the entire 2013 season after requiring shoulder surgery for the second time in four seasons.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner has re-torn the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder and will go under the knife Tuesday.

The same injury kept him out of the Mets lineup for 19 months beginning in 2010.

“It’s very difficult,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told the Associated Press. “If anybody can do it, it would be Johan. “We wish him luck and we feel sick about what's happened.”

After returning to the Mets lineup in 2012, Santana went 3-2 with a 2.38 earned-run average before throwing a no-hitter in June of last year.

He finished his 2012 campaign with a 6-9 record and a 4.85 ERA before being shut down with two months remaining in the season due to doctors' recommendations.

Santana threw off the mound at the start of 2013 spring training but was forced to slow his initial pre-season regiment due to back inflammation.

The Mets later backed off his bullpen sessions due to weakness in Santana’s shoulder.

Although Santana’s contract is guaranteed through the 2013 season, the Mets will have the option of buying out the remaining year of his deal, reported to be worth $25 million in 2014.

BOBBY BLASTS BOSTON MEDIA

Former Boston Red Sox bench boss Bobby Valentine offered one last parting shot to Boston on Sunday.

Valentine, who managed the Reds Sox to their worst record in close to a half-century last season, was asked to look back on his time in Beantown – particularly a relentless press corps he apparently has little regard for.

“All the Boston (media) ever wanted to do is prove that they were a tougher media than New York,” he told the New York Post. “I think some of those guys are absolutely terrific people. And a good group of them are absolute horses asses who are unprofessional, lazy and should not be in the business up here.

“I think the New York media knows more about baseball (than Boston media) and is more professional.”

Looking back on his single season with the Sox, Valentine said he has but one regret.

“I would have won 105 games instead of 69,” he said with a smile.

In his only season in Boston, Valentine led the Red Sox to a 69-93 record, the club’s worst since 1965.

The 62-year-old former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University.

REDS LOSE LUDWICK

One game into the 2013 season and the Cincinnati Reds have lost one of their biggest contributors.

Outfielder Ryan Ludwick suffered a dislocated shoulder after a head-first slide into third base during the third inning of Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Ludwick, who was trying to advance on the basepaths after a wild pitch by Angels starter Jered Weaver, grimaced upon impact and was seen mouthing the words “it came out” to the training staff.

An MRI is scheduled for the 34-year-old veteran Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Ludwick hit .275 for the Reds last season with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs.

PAYDAY FOR ELVIS

Andrus Elvis got a monster payday from the Texas Rangers.

The shortstop reportedly received an eight-year, $120-million contract from the club. The deal is pending a physical and is expected to be made official next week.

Andrus’ current contract runs through the 2014 season and this extension could keep him in Texas until 2022. He’s set to make $4.8 million this season and $6.475 million in 2013 before his salary skyrockets to $15 million.

The new deal includes an opt-out clause after four years.

Andrus, 24, is in his fifth year as the Rangers’ starting shortstop. In 2012, he hit .286 with 85 runs scored, 31 doubles and nine triples.


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