Johan Santana's surgery set for tomorrow

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Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the knife tomorrow and he’s done for the year.

UPDATE: many people are bombarding me with examples of pitchers who were judged to be A-OK after seeing Andrews. At times like these I wish I had a reputation for shamelessly ignoring facts in order to stick with dumb points, but I just haven’t been in this business long enough, I guess, so I stand corrected.

As I mentioned on Friday, the time frame for throwing — not pitching, but throwing — is the beginning of spring training. Whether he’d be ready to actually pitch with the 2011 season begins, therefore, is an open question.

And not to be a gloomy Gus about it or anything, but Mets players who are “out for the year” have a funny way of missing half the next year too (See, Beltran, Carlos; Reyes, Jose). Or more (Escobar, Kelvim).

Mets sign Matt Purke to minors deal

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The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.

Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.

While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.