NEW YORK — Mets ace Johan Santana had arthroscopic surgery on torn cartilage in his left knee Wednesday and is expected to be ready for spring training.
News of the torn meniscus, discovered in his exit physical, came as a surprise. Santana pitched a three-hit shutout on short rest Saturday against Florida to pull the Mets into a tie for the NL wild card. They were eliminated from playoff contention the next day.
"Johan had mentioned some mild discomfort after his start in Washington, which did not preclude him from facing the Cubs or Marlins last week," general manager Omar Minaya said in a statement.
Santana went 16-7 with a major-league-best 2.53 ERA after coming over from the Twins in a February trade.
No surgery for Cardinal: RHP Chris Carpenter, shut down by St. Louis in early September, will not have surgery for a nerve problem in his shoulder, instead hoping he will be ready by spring after therapy and rest.
Braves: 3B Chipper Jones does not need surgery on his ailing right shoulder. The team medical staff prescribed therapy and a strength program for acute tendinitis. Jones should be ready by spring training.
Mets: P Ambiorix Burgos was driving a sport-utility vehicle when it slammed into two women who later died of their injuries, police in the Dominican Republic said. Police still were searching for Burgos, who was identified by several witnesses as the driver, authorities said.
Attendance Drop: MLB's attendance dropped by 1.1 percent, ending a streak of four straight record seasons. Baseball finished with 78.6-million total fans and an average of 32,539 — down from 79.5-million and a 32,785 average.