Johan Santana is set for another shoulder surgery that he hopes will save his career.
The former New York Mets ace will have surgery Tuesday to repair the re-torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The operation will be performed by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek.
Santana is likely to miss the entire season for the second time in three years, which means he might have thrown his last pitch for the Mets. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is in the final year of a $137.5 million contract.
“It’s very difficult. If anybody can do it, it would be Johan,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said. “We wish him luck and we feel sick about what’s happened.”
Santana had surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not make it back to the major leagues until last April 5. The 34-year-old left-hander didn’t pitch in any exhibition games this spring and threw his last bullpen session in early March without the team’s permission.
Mets third baseman David Wright said he was not surprised by Santana’s decision to have surgery.
“I’ve known Johan long enough to know that I don’t think that he’d want to go out like that. He’s going to probably work just as hard, if not – if it’s possible – work harder, to come back from this. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I see him pitch again,” Wright said after the Mets lost to Baltimore 7-1 in their exhibition finale.
DIAMONDBACKS: Completed a five-year, $32 million contract agreement with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
The announcement Saturday came a day after multiple reports said the two sides were close to a deal.
Goldschmidt says he loves it in Arizona and doesn’t want to play anywhere else.
The contract runs through the 2018 season with a $14.5 million club option for 2019.
The first baseman hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 home runs and 82 RBI last year, his first full season in the majors.
The agreement means three infielders are locked into long-term contracts with the Diamondbacks. Earlier this year, Arizona reached contract agreements with second baseman Aaron Hill and third baseman Martin Prado.
Goldschmidt will still make $500,000 this year. The new deal gives Goldschmidt a $500,000 signing bonus, $1 million in 2014, $3 million in 2015, $5.75 million in 2016, $8.75 million in 2017, and $11 million in 2018.
“I’m excited we got this done, especially before the start of the year,” Goldschmidt said. “It does make it so it’s one less thing to worry about.”