The Mets were considering skipping Johan Santana or at least pushing him back for a few days after he was knocked around for six runs over three innings last night against the Dodgers, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that they have decided to place him on the disabled list with a right ankle injury.
Santana twisted his ankle while covering first base in his final start before the All-Star break back on July 6 against the Cubs. He had his foot stepped on by Reed Johnson in the process. According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Santana admitted he was throwing some pitches “all arm” because he wasn’t able to land on the ankle. The injury evidently doesn’t correlate to his workload from the no-hitter, but it’s still a dangerous combination for someone who is in their first season back from shoulder surgery. While the DL-stint comes at a tough time for the fading Mets, he’ll now get a couple weeks off to rest both the ankle and his arm.
Santana has allowed 19 runs over his last three starts, increasing his ERA from 2.76 to 3.98 on the year. Jeremy Hefner was called up from Triple-A Buffalo today and is a candidate to take his place in the starting rotation. Top prospect Matt Harvey, who was passed over in favor of Miguel Batista to start today against the Dodgers, is also a possibility.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.
Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.
Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.
Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.
The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.