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Johan Santana Back Injury: Mets Place Pitcher On DL, Don't Expect Him To Pitch Again In 2012 Season

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New York Mets' Johan Santana walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Citi Field in New York, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
New York Mets' Johan Santana walks off the field after being taken out of the baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Citi Field in New York, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

Johan Santana will not throw the second no-hitter in Mets' history this season. Nor will he likely throw another pitch during the 2012 campaign.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson announced on Wednesday that the club is placing the 33-year-old left-handed pitcher on the 15-day disabled list due to lower back inflamation, per Rich Coutinho and reporters at Citi Field. Santana is not expected to pitch again this season. No surgery will be necessary, relays Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

“We do not expect him to pitch the rest of the season,” Alderson told reporters, via MetsBlog.

The team also tweeted updates on Santana's status.


New York Mets
announce that an MRI taken yesterday on Johan Santana revealed inflammation of the lower back.

New York Mets
Surgery is not indicated...Doctors have prescribed rest and medication and Santana has been placed on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to Aug 18.

New York Mets
Santana is not expected to pitch the rest of the season.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets ace Johan Santana is headed to the disabled list and not expected to pitch again this season.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the left-hander was going on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his lower back.

Doctors are not recommending surgery.

Santana has had an up-and-down season in his return from shoulder surgery that kept him out more than a year. He threw the team's first no-hitter June 1 but is 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA since throwing a career-high 134 pitches in that game.

He is 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts overall.

The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner is in the fifth season of a $137.5 million, six-year contract.

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