Mets' Santana to miss season due to shoulder

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New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana will have surgery on his left shoulder that will prevent him from pitching this season, ESPN New York reported Saturday.

It is the second time in 2 1/2 years that he is having surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

Team doctor David Altchek will perform the surgery. He also operated on Santana's shoulder in September of 2010. It took Santana more than 1 1/2 years to recover the first time.

The Mets still owe Santana $31 million, including a 2014 buyout.

Mets third baseman David Wright said he spoke with Santana on Thursday after an MRI revealed the tear.

"He was kind of in a bit of shock," Wright said. "I don't think anybody was expecting this. He said he did everything possible to rehab this thing. He did everything the right way. For this to happen, I think for everybody, including him, it's kind of shocking and disheartening."

Santana is one of a few pitchers who have had the surgery, including Bret Saberhagen, Chris Young, Mark Prior, Chien-Ming Wang, Rich Harden and Dallas Braden.
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