NEW YORK -- The season officially came to a close on Tuesday morning for Johan Santana, who underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.
The only outstanding question is when his 2011 season will begin.
Following the surgery, the Mets issued a two-sentence release deeming the operation "successful," but the club offered no timetable for the left-hander's return. The club expressed both optimism and uncertainty last week that Santana would be able to return in time for Opening Day 2011; Santana offered a time frame ranging from April to October. A third party, Dr. Jonathan Glashow of Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, has since indicated that a return before June or July would be optimistic.
Regardless of Santana's 2011 plans, his 2010 season is now officially complete. Coming off arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow, he finished 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA in 199 innings.
"Hopefully he has a speedy recovery," manager Jerry Manuel said, "and gets on back doing his thing."
The surgery, performed by the Mets' medical director, Dr. David Altchek, was Santana's third in three years. Following the 2008 season, he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Eleven months later he had the aforementioned elbow operation, nearly one year to the day before undergoing this most recent shoulder surgery.
Santana, 31, left his final start on Sept. 2 early with what the team initially termed a pectoral strain. After MRIs revealed a shoulder issue, the Mets clarified the injury in a statement, noting that it was "located on the front and bottom part of the shoulder close to the pectoral muscle, resulting in discomfort radiating through both the pectoral muscle and shoulder."