Johan Santana and His Strained Pectoral Muscle

Last night, Johan Santana allowed just a run on three hits in five innings, but left at that point with a strained pectoral muscle.

Santana threw just 65 pitches.

After last night’s game, Jerry Manuel told reporters they weren’t very concerned about the injury and attributed it to fatigue.

That said, Dan Warthen grew concerned when he saw Santana’s velocity decrease and his arm angle go down, so they decided it was best not to take any chances.

In addition, Santana spoke with reporters about the injury, and essentially said:

  • After the fifth inning, he came in to stretch his muscle with the intention of going back out there as he felt like he could pitch, but Warthen decided it was best not to take any chances.
  • He said the strain progressed to that point, and it didn’t happen on any one particular pitch.
  • He said he’s never had this kind of injury before.

Hopefully Jerry is right and this is simply fatigue, but I agree in that it is not worth taking any chances when talking about muscles surrounding the shoulder, let alone anything with the arm.

Santana is now 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA in 199 innings this season.