New York Mets ace Johan Santana has been scratched from his next scheduled start and might need surgery due to discomfort in his pitching elbow.
Santana's setback is particularly alarming for the Mets, who are counting on the two-time Cy Young Award winner to lead their rotation for years to come.
The left-hander had been slated to pitch Tuesday night in Florida. Instead, he will be examined by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek, and right-hander Nelson Figueroa will start against the Marlins.
The Mets have 11 players on the disabled list, including David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado. New York also learned Monday that outfielder Jeff Francoeur has a torn ligament in his left thumb.
As the injuries continue to pile up for the Mets, oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com currently list New York as a massive 175/1 long shot to win the 2009 World Series. The Amazins’ are also 90/1 long shots to win the NLCS.
Posted: 8/24/09 9:00PM ET