NEW YORK — An MRI exam showed left-hander Johan Santana probably retore his left shoulder capsule, the Mets said Thursday. He likely needs surgery, which would keep him out for all of 2013.
Santana, 34, a two-time Cy Young winner, missed all of 2011 after surgery on the shoulder. Last year, he was shut down Aug. 18 with lower-back inflammation, and he hasn't pitched this spring because of arm weakness.
"These injuries are very difficult to recover from after one surgery. And I'm not sure what the history is of recovery from a second, more or less, identical surgery," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We don't know when it happened, how it happened."
Alderson added a decision on surgery is expected by next week.
Santana is owed $25.5 million in the final guaranteed season of a $137.5 million, six-year deal. None of it is insured, and $5.5 million is deferred until 2020. The Mets hold a $25 million option for 2014 with a $5.5 million buyout.
Agent Peter Greenberg said Santana had no comment.
More Mets: Second baseman Daniel Murphy (strained intercostal muscle) singled and slid headfirst into second in his first spring game. He said he believes he'll be ready for opening day.
Tigers go closer-less
The Tigers will start without a set closer after optioning Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo.
"It will be a second-guesser's delight; a second-guesser's heaven," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Any one of (the relievers) might get the ball to get the third out in the ninth."
Rondon, 22, who has pitched only eight innings above Double A, hit 101 mph at times this spring and went 2-1 with a 5.84 ERA, nine walks and 19 strikeouts over 12⅓ innings.
Leyland stressed Toledo is just an hour away: "The kid did not do one thing wrong. What we evaluated was he wasn't quite ready to do it today or April 1 here."
No pitcher hard hats: Major League Baseball won't have protective headgear for pitchers ready this year. Work began after Oakland's Brandon McCarthy sustained a fractured skull on a liner last year. "If I had a product that passed (high-speed impact) tests, it'd be out there tomorrow," MLB senior vice president Dan Halem said. Halem added there is no timetable for the headgear, which will not be mandatory.
Brewers: Right-hander Kyle Lohse allowed a run and four hits over 3⅔ innings in his Milwaukee debut. It came three days after signing a $33 million, three-year deal. The run as well as two hits came during the first. "It was a good workout," said Lohse, who added he isn't sure when he will next pitch. "We'll see where I'm at (today) as far as any soreness."
Giants: General manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy signed three-year extensions through 2016. Sabean is entering his 17th season with the team, Bochy his seventh.
Mariners: Catcher Miguel Olivo, 34, agreed to a deal a few hours after the Reds released him.
Nationals: Leftfielder Bryce Harper returned a day after sitting out with inflammation in his left thumb.
Orioles: Right-hander Chris Tillman went on the disabled list with a strained left abdominal muscle. But the move is retroactive to March 22. And he is set to start the season's fifth game.
Padres: Third baseman Logan Forsythe is out at least six weeks with plantar fasciitis. He was playing for Chase Headley, who is out another 2-4 weeks with a broken thumb. Against the Indians on Thursday, primary second baseman Jedd Gyorko moved to third and utility infielder Alexi Amarista started at second.
Red Sox: Right-hander Daniel Bard was sent to Double A to work on his mechanics. In eight appearances spanning eight innings, he allowed seven runs (six earned). Also, shortstop Stephen Drew will begin the season on the seven-day concussion DL. He has been out since being hit in the head by a pitch March 7.
Royals: Ex-Rays reliever Dan Wheeler failed to earn a job and will start the season at Triple A.