NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Following Johan Santana’s shortest start of his career on Tuesday night, reporters and fans alike couldn’t help but wonder whether something was wrong with the left-handed ace, or whether he was simply was off his game.

Fortunately for the Mets and their fans, it appears that the latter is the case.

After two stellar starts to begin the season, Santana had a brutal evening against Atlanta last night. The two-time Cy Young Award winner surrendered six runs — four earned — on four hits and a walk in just 1 1/3 innings. But no need to fret, Mets fans. The 33 year old’s left shoulder is just fine, and he plans to take the mound for his next scheduled start, the Mets’ official website reported.

Santana’s next start will be his first of the season in which he’ll pitch on regular rest. In his first three starts the changeup specialist had an extra day of rest before taking the hill.

Santana is 0-2 with a 3.97 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings pitched thus far in 2012.

After two excellent starts and one forgettable one, how concerned are you about Johan going forward? Offer your thoughts in the comments section below…

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