Mets LHP Santana to have shoulder surgery Tuesday

Johan Santana is set for another shoulder surgery that he hopes

will save his career.

The former New York Mets ace will have surgery Tuesday to repair

the re-torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, the team

announced Saturday. The operation will be performed by Mets medical

director Dr. David Altchek.

Santana is likely to miss the entire season for the second time

in three years, which means he may have thrown his last pitch for

the Mets. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is in the final year

of a $137.5 million contract.

”It’s very difficult. If anybody can do it, it would be

Johan,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said. ”We wish him luck

and we feel sick about what’s happened.”

Santana had surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not make it back

to the major leagues until last April 5. The 34-year-old

left-hander didn’t pitch in any exhibition games this spring and

threw his last bullpen session in early March without the team’s

permission.

Mets third baseman David Wright said he was not surprised by

Santana’s decision to have surgery.

”I’ve known Johan long enough to know that I don’t think that

he’d want to go out like that. He’s going to probably work just as

hard, if not – if it’s possible – work harder, to come back from

this. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I see him pitch again,”

Wright said after the Mets lost to Baltimore 7-1 in their

exhibition finale.

Santana’s comeback reached its apex last June 1 when he pitched

the first no-hitter in Mets history, throwing a career-high 134

pitches that night in his second consecutive shutout. But he was

3-7 with an 8.27 ERA after that, including 0-5 with a 15.63 ERA

after throwing eight scoreless innings against the Los Angeles

Dodgers on June 30.

He went on the disabled list for three weeks because of a

sprained ankle and didn’t pitch after Aug. 17 because of lower back

inflammation.

Warthen said Santana’s injury isn’t ”a byproduct of the

no-hitter.”

New York owes Santana $31 million as part of the six-year deal

he signed before the 2008 season, and general manager Sandy

Alderson said the remainder of the contract is not covered by

insurance.