The New York Mets say Johan Santana has injured his left shoulder again and likely will need surgery and miss the 2013 season.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery in September 2010, then returned last year and pitched the first no-hitter in the team’s history. He hasn’t pitched in an exhibition game this year because of arm weakness.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday that an MRI in New York a day earlier showed a “probable” re-tear of Santana’s left shoulder capsule.
Alderson said Santana’s $25 million salary this year is not covered by insurance. The Mets will also owe him a $6 million buyout after this season.
PHILLIES: Roy Halladay allowed two runs over 4 1-3 innings in his first big league spring training appearance in 11 days, prepping for the regular season in the Phillies’ 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner had not pitched in a major league game since March 17, when he came out of a start against Baltimore after one inning because of a stomach virus. He pitched in a minor league exhibition last Saturday.
ORIOLES: Put right-hander Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left abdominal muscle.
The move is retroactive to March 22, which allows Tillman to pitch in the Orioles’ fifth game of the season on April 6 against Minnesota.
CARDINALS: Will wear a patch on their left sleeve this season to honor the memory of Stan Musial.
The Hall of Famer widely considered the greatest Cardinal player ever died in January. The Cardinals will debut the patch in the season opener Monday at Arizona.