The Mets just announced that Johan Santana will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the new tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. This will effectively end his season and his tenure with the Mets.
The new tear in the shoulder was found following an MRI earlier this week. Santana took a couple of days before deciding on surgery, but his agent, Chris Leible, indicated on Twitter last night that his client isn’t ready to give up on his career.
Santana previously had capsule surgery in September of 2010 and didn’t make it back to the majors until Opening Day of last season. But he’s prepared for the long road ahead.
Santana has been a joy to watch compete over the years, so it’s disappointing that he won’t be on a major league mound this season, but here’s hoping that he gets the opportunity to leave the game on his own terms.
The Boston Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they made to make room for him on the roster was a big one too: they designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup. At the moment the Red Sox have the second best offense in all of baseball despite Ramirez’s performance.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however and, long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.