Johan Santana to the DL with ankle injury

The Mets have placed Johan Santana on the disabled list with an ankle injury.

Jeremy Hefner has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and will take Santana’s place on the active roster.

Santana injured his ankle in a start against the Cubs two weeks ago after Reed Johnson stepped on it in a collision at first base.

Santana is 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 110 2/3 innings over 19 starts this season.

Dating back to the ankle injury, Santana is 0-3 with a 13.51 ERA, a span of three starts.

This morning, Terry Collins said Santana’s shoulder is fine – Santana’s injured ankle was not allowing him to land properly.

Collins attributed Santana’s struggles to fatigue as well, saying he has no energy in his pitches. However, his staff believes it all goes back to the ankle injury.

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Michael Baron: It is a fact Santana has not been the same from the moment that collision took place. However, everyone, including Santana, has said the ankle was not an issue – Santana made no reference to the ankle being a problem last night. But whatever the case is with Santana, he needs a break to get things in order, his arm strength back to where it needs to be, and his mechanics functioning consistently from pitch-to-pitch.

This move affords them to add Jeremy Hefner to the active roster without sending anyone down, potentially giving Kirk Nieuwenhuis a stay of execution for the time being. However, it seems logical to believe Matt Harvey‘s track to the big leagues could speed up now that there are two holes in the rotation, and it being hard to envision both Miguel Batista and Jeremy Hefner in the rotation for any length of time.