Johan set for surgery; no timetable for return

Johan set for surgery; no timetable for return

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana will undergo surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek.

Altchek's initial diagnosis of a torn anterior capsule in Santana's left shoulder was seconded on Monday by Dr. James Andrews, who looked over Santana's MRI in Birmingham, Ala.

Although the Mets have not set a timetable on Santana's return, Dr. Jonathan Glashow, co-chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, has indicated that Santana will likely not be able to throw a baseball at full strength until at least mid-March.

That would place Santana's return to a big league mound back until June or July of next season.