Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Johan Santana will miss his scheduled start today and instead seek medical advice about his left elbow, adding to the New York Mets’ lengthy list of injured players.
The All-Star pitcher was scratched from the series opener at the Florida Marlins and will meet with team Medical Director David Altchek, Mets Manager Jerry Manuel said at a news conference following New York’s 6-2 home loss to Philadelphia yesterday. Nelson Figueroa will start in Santana’s place.
Santana has pitched with discomfort since the All-Star break and the pain has increased since then, Manuel said.
“I know now that it concerns him,” Manuel said at the televised news conference.
While the Major League Baseball team didn’t provide details about the extent of the 30-year-old pitcher’s injury, several of his teammates said it will lead to Santana having surgery, MLB.com reported.
Santana, who is 13-9 with a 3.13 earned run average, is in the second year of a six-year, $137.5 million contract with New York.
He played his first eight seasons for the Minnesota Twins before joining the Mets last season, and was named the Cy Young Award winner as the American League’s best pitcher in 2004 and 2006. For his career, the four-time All-Star is 122-60 with a 3.12 ERA.
Outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who the Mets acquired July 10, missed yesterday’s game after tearing a ligament in his thumb while making a catch the night before. He said yesterday that he’ll try to play through the injury and that he’ll undergo surgery at some point.
Other Mets starters who have had lengthy injuries this season include shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielders Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado, and third baseman David Wright, who is on the disabled list after suffering a concussion when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 15.
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