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).
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.