Johan Santana may have thrown his final pitch for the New York Mets and perhaps even the last of his big league career.
The Mets said Thursday the two-time Cy Young Award winner probably has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and likely will need a second operation that would sideline him for the entire season. Santana missed 2011 following his first shoulder surgery.
‘‘I am not a doctor, nor am I a medical historian, but these injuries are very difficult to recover from after one surgery, and I'm not sure what the history is of recovery from a second more or less identical surgery,’’ general manager Sandy Alderson said.
New York owes the 34-year-old lefthander $31 million more as part of the $137.5 million, six-year deal he signed before the 2008 season, and Alderson said the remainder of the contract is not covered by insurance.
Santana had surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not make it back to the major leagues until last April 5. He went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts last year and threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1 against St. Louis.
Alderson said an MRI in New York on Wednesday with Dr. David Altchek showed the probable re-tear, and that noted orthopedists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum concurred with the diagnosis.
NY turns to Overbay?
Lyle Overbay was with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Two days later, it looked as if he was going to be the Yankees’ starting first baseman on Opening Day against Boston.
Overbay had an RBI double Thursday as the Yankees ended their Florida segment of spring training with a 2-1 loss to the Pirates in Tampa.
New York general manager Brian Cashman said Overbay, signed to a minor league contract Tuesday hours after being released, had the inside track for the job with Mark Teixeira out until mid-May because of a wrist injury.
The Yankees released Juan Rivera, who played extensively at first during spring training.
A-Rod beats Astros
Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined — a lot more.
Rodriguez’s $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by the Associated Press. His Yankees are on track to have the highest payroll on Opening Day for the 15th straight year, climbing to a projected $228 million with this week’s acquisition of Vernon Wells.
With teams due to set Opening Day rosters Sunday, the Yankees’ payroll will be nearly 10 times the spending of the Astros, who have shrunk their payroll to about $25 million.
No closer for Tigers
The Tigers will start their AL title defense without a set closer after optioning rookie reliever Bruce Rondon to Triple A Toledo. ‘‘I'll tell everybody ahead of time, this is going to be tough,’’ manager Jim Leyland said. ‘‘It'l be a second-guesser’s delight, a second-guesser’s heaven.’’ . . . Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez gave up nine runs and 11 hits in five innings, including three homers in the Tigers’ 11-4 loss to the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. . . . Kyle Lohse had a solid debut three days after signing a $33 million, three-year contract with the Brewers, pitching into the fourth inning of a 6-2 victory over the Rockies in Scottsdale, Ariz. . . . The Orioles put righthander Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left abdominal muscle.