The news wasn’t good, but it could’ve been a whole lot worse. Johan Santana’s season is over after test results showed he has bone chips in his throwing elbow. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove the bone chips and should be ready for Spring Training in 2010.
It’s disappointing, but at least Santana doesn’t have to undergo Tommy John surgery, which is the same one that took Billy Wagner more than a year to recover from.
Pat Misch and Nick Evans have been called up from Triple-A Buffalo to fill the roster spots left vacant by Wagner’s trade and Santana’s injury.
In other injury news, JJ Putz will not pitch in his next scheduled rehab performance in Brooklyn, but no reason was given. Oliver Perez, who had complained of some discomfort in his right knee, will have it examined in New York.
Is there any reason to watch the Mets any more? David Wright is due to come back off his rehab assignment around Sept. 1, but beyond him, an injured Jeff Francoeur and ailing Gary Sheffield, there isn’t much power left in the lineup. Now, the ace is out and besides the uneven Pelfrey, the rest of the starting rotation is mixed with spot starters and a rookie.
Are you going to keep watching the games or are you ready for some football?