Not to put any undue pressure on Matt Harvey, but a well-thrown game against the Padres today would look awfully nice for the top of that Mets rotation.
The Mets said the 34-year-old left-hander was operated on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Nothing about the New York Mets on Monday resembled the second half of last season. Then again, opening day has often been their biggest highlight of the year.
Some main attractions are missing as the Mets host the San Diego Padres in their season opener Monday.
Facing surgery on the same shoulder that caged him two seasons ago, Santana’s days as a Met are over. Where else but Queens would resounding goodwill like Opening Day be met with such bad news?
Mets starter Santana will undergo season-ending surgery on a capsule in his left shoulder on Tuesday.
Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner each had a poor day in the Mets’ final warmup before Opening Day.
The Mets’ captain made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0-for-3 and playing five innings for New York in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
If Johan Santana’s last pitch in a New York Mets uniform was his 93rd and final offering to the Washington Nationals’ lineup on August 17, 2012, it’s likely that fans will soon forget the dominant, Hall of Fame caliber pitcher that he once was.
“He’s just kind of in a bit of shock,” Wright said. “I don’t think anyone was expecting this. For everyone, it’s kind of shocking. It’s disheartening.”
So this is how the Johan Santana era ends for the Mets. Not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with yet another injury announcement.
Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined — a lot more. And he won’t even play the first half of the season, if at all.
Santana’s left shoulder has failed him again. Now he must decide if he has the stomach for another grueling comeback.
The Mets announced Thursday night that left-hander Johan Santana may be lost for the season after suffering a probable re-tear of the capsule in his left shoulder.
When the hard comebacker off the bat of Carlos Beltran (of course it was him) smashed off the right elbow of Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday afternoon, you just had to laugh — to keep from crying.