Archive: March 29th, 2013

The Thing That Caused Johan Santana’s Shoulder Re-injury

How did Johan Santana re-tear his shoulder capsule?

Was it the 134-pitch no-hitter?

Was it that “voluntary bullpen session” aimed at silencing suggestions that he wasn’t in shape?

Was it related to a mistake in his surgery?

Was it something mysterious, that couldn’t possibly be explained?

Could this re-injury have been prevented?

No, no, no, no, and maybe. Ironically, the answer to the question of how this happened was verbalized by Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen shortly after spring training opened in mid-February of 2012.