By Eric Schmidt

For the second time in just 31 months, New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana will have shoulder surgery in order to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. His first procedure was performed in September of 2010 and Santana took 19 months to rehab from the surgery before he could pitch again.

This is not a common surgical procedure for pitchers and given the amount of time Santana required in recovery from the first procedure, there could be some doubt as to whether or not he’ll be able to return to his starting pitching role. He is certainly out for all of this season and could miss some or all of next season. Santana went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA last season for the Mets while striking out 111.

Mets 3B David Wright told reporters that he had spoken to Santana briefly after the injury. “IHe was kind of in shock. I don’t think anybody was expecting this. He did everything possible to rehab this thing.”

The two-time Cy Young award winner will undergo surgery on Tuesday. He is in the final year of his contract with the Mets. Santana did throw the first no-hitter in Mets history last June but struggled in the second half of the season, spending a stint on the disabled list with a back injury.

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