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Johan Santana’s Denials: I’m Not Buying It

johan santanaWhen New York Mets lefty Johan Santana was placed on the DL on Saturday, his previously sprained ankle was reported to be the culprit. Santana sustained the right ankle injury while covering first base on July 6 and, though he has pitched three times since, he has not been effective. In fact, since throwing 134 pitches in the Mets’ first ever no-hitter seven weeks ago, even in the period prior to his sprain, Santana’s effectiveness had waned and his ERA climbed. Santana has consistently denied any problems with his shoulder, with the exception of now reporting shoulder fatigue due to his altered mechanics because of the ankle issue.

Examining The SC Joint of Heroic Mike Baxter

mike baxterWe’ve already heard that The Mets’ Mike Baxter paid a price for saving Johan Santana’s no hitter on Saturday. The Associated Press reported the Mets as saying Baxter displaced the sternoclavicular (SC) joint – between his right clavicle (collarbone) and sternum (breastbone) – and tore costal (rib) cartilage (which attach the ribs to the sternum) on his right side. The impact against the padded outfield wall was actually to Baxter’s left shoulder, as he heroically prevented Yadier Molina from getting an extra base hit in the seventh inning. The Mets expect the injury to take about six weeks to heal. Naturally, though, as is generally the case with sports injuries, the expected recovery time does not generally translate to a return to full competition. Healing and rehab are a process that can’t be accelerated beyond the body’s ability to safely respond and progress.

Breaking Down Injuries To Jose Reyes And Daniel Murphy

jose reyesA muscle strain occurs when the excessive load applied to a given muscle creates undue stress in the tissue, resulting in injury. Reyes’ proclivity to recurrent hamstring strains isn’t unique amongst athletes who have a history of suffering even one significant strain. Vulnerability to re-injury requires vigilance in conditioning, and the nature of baseball puts a sensitive hamstring at frequent risk.

Lots Of Injures Arms: Red Sox, Yankees, And Johan Santana

johan santanaJohan Santana of the NY Mets has hit a glitch in his rehab. Originally listed as likely to return to action later this month, Santana was examined yesterday and was diagnosed with shoulder fatigue by Mets orthopaedist, Dr. David Altchek, after complaining of lingering discomfort. The prescription was for a week off from his throwing program while continuing to work on general conditioning. While I wrote in March that everyone was prematurely jumping mad because Santana’s progress was less than lightening fast,he was only six months post-op at the time and shouldn’t have been expected to be spotting his change-ups and curveballs. Now, though no pathology was identified, and it still isn’t time to panic, there is certainly reason for concern.

Inside The Injuries To Johan Santana & D.J. Kennedy

images-4Reports of Johan Santana’s cautious progress as he recovers from shoulder surgery should not be a dramatic surprise, nor should his current condition be discouraging. It has been only six months since the tear in his anterior capsule was repaired and there are great risks in trying to accelerate his return. It is important to recognize that beginning a throwing program is very different than throwing off the mound and, beyond that, returning to competitive form. The process takes patience and, though there are no guarantees that all will go optimally, let’s give the man some time. No need for drama yet…

A huge shame for D.J. Kennedy, St. John’s versatile forward, who tore his right ACL…

Mets Santana Shouldering Surgery

images-4Mets left-hander Johan Santana, originally thought to have a pectoral muscle strain, was diagnosed last week with a tear in his anterior (front) left shoulder capsule. He is likely to undergo surgery after consulting a second opinion. Santana hasn’t pitched in a game situation since exiting a game due to shoulder complaints in the fifth inning on September 2nd and he is unlikely to pitch again for quite some time. This is obviously bad news for the Mets, and especially so for Santana, who has spent the last two off-seasons rehabbing after much less significant surgeries on his knee and elbow respectively.

Pitchers place undue stress on the anterior compartment of the shoulder. As a result, any comparison of Santana’s prognosis for returning to competition to that of position players who have suffered a similar injury is virtually meaningless. Reports that Jorge Posada rebounded well from a capsular tear may be encouraging to Santana but the outlook of management should be more tempered.

What is a joint capsule and what is its function?