Aug 11, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Johan Santana tears Achilles tendon, ruled out for season


When Johan Santana threw a no-hotter for the New York Mets, we all viewed it as the last triumph of a once utterly dominant pitcher. From 2004 through 2007, Johan Santana was one of the best pitchers in baseball and despite the injuries and the setbacks after being traded to the New York Mets in 2008, the no-hitter he threw seemed almost like one last tip of the cap to his career.

Today baseball fans received further confirmation that the career of Santana is over and done with as he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon while rehabbing a shoulder injury.

Just when we thought the bad breaks for Santana were behind us, this one has come along and may have very well crippled his baseball career — or depleted whatever was left of it.

The injury and the loss of Santana is not only a bummer for him, but now the Orioles may seek a trade elsewhere on the roster to secure a replacement for their lost arm.

This is just the worst thing that anyone could have thought to happen to Johan Santana. Ever since winning the Cy Young with the Minnesota Twins back in 2004 and again in 2006, he hasn’t been the same pitcher and flamed out in a bad way with the New York Mets.

His consistent shoulder and elbow problems proved that his best years had already been pitched out of his arm and he was looking to squeeze whatever was left out of himself.

It appears all that can be squeezed to has been, has another season lost to injury may mean this is the last we ever see of Johan Santana in the Majors.

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