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Johan Santana out for season with torn Achilles

Johan Santana

Johan Santana was on the comeback trail to make it up with the Baltimore Orioles roster and earn a spot in their rotation, until it all came to a disappointing end on Friday. First announced by Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Santana suffered a torn Achilles and will be out for the rest of the season.

Working his way back from left shoulder surgery, Santana was injured when he was going to retrieve a ball that made contact with him. Santana could have made $3 million if he would’ve made it into the Orioles rotation, based on the contract he signed with them this spring. Last week, the Orioles purchased his contract and placed him on the 15-day DL, meaning he was getting close to a return.

This is yet another disappointing setback for Santana who now will likely contemplate retirement. The last time Santana pitched was 2012 with the New York Mets, and he posted a 4.85 ERA.

If Santana is forced to call it quits, he’ll end his MLB career as a two-time Cy-Young winner, with 1,998 strikeouts and a career 3.20 ERA.

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