Star New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana, is ready to undergo shoulder surgery again early this week, the team said on the weekend.
The surgery on the Venezuelan lefthander is necessary to correct the second consecutive tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder and doctors are trying to save his career.
Dr. David Altcheck will be in charge of the surgical team that will operate on Santana, who will probably be out the entire season for the second time in three years.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner in the American League and the hurler who pitched the Mets' only no-hit game is in the last year of a $137.5 million contract and so this probably means that he has pitched his last game for the Mets.
The 34-year-old Santana underwent the same kind of operation on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not return to the mound until April 5, 2012.
He did not participate in the Mets' preseason games this year due to weakness in his throwing arm and got in the bullpen for the last time in early March without the team's permission.
Santana was put on the injured list for three weeks with a sprained ankle and did not pitch after Aug. 17 last year due to an inflammation of his lower back.
The Mets owe Santana $31 million as part of his six-season contract signed before the 2008 season. EFE