Johan Santana: Grim Outlook for Mets Ace

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2009

If you were not concerned about the health of Mets' ace Johan Santana before, you should be concerned now.

David Lennon reports that prior to his bullpen session this morning GM Omar Minaya announced that Santana will fly back to New York later this afternoon for an MRI on

his left pitching elbow.

If all goes well, the Mets expect their ace to be back at the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie on Monday night.

Obviously, any injury to Santana, who pitched a career high 234.1 innings last season and posted a league best 2.53 ERA last year would greatly hamper the Mets’ chances at making the postseason.

Since Santana will not be on the mound until at least the end of week, it appears more and more likely that the Mets will start either John Maine or Oliver Perez on Opening Day.