New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana had shoulder surgery for the second time in 31 months.
The Mets said the left-hander was operated on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Mets medical director David Altchek repaired a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was hospitalized overnight.
Santana, 34, is likely to miss the entire season for the second time in three years. He had surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, to repair tears in the shoulder’s anterior capsule and did not make it back to the major leagues until last April 5.
New York still owes Santana $31 million from his $137.5 million, six-year contract. General Manager Sandy Alderson said the remainder of the contract is not covered by insurance.
Marcum unable to throw
Shaun Marcum was unable to pitch a simulated game for the New York Mets because of pain in his neck and will not come off the disabled list to start Sunday against the Miami Marlins.
Marcum signed with the Mets in the offseason. He received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder last month, then felt discomfort in a bullpen session March 25. He did not pitch in any spring games after March 16.
Aaron Laffey and Collin McHugh appear to be the most likely candidates to replace him.
Ludwick tears cartilage
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding into third base during the season opener and will need surgery.
Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder on a headfirst slide in the third inning of Cincinnati’s 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
He’ll have surgery today. The Reds plan to put him on the 15-day disabled list and replace him on the roster before the second game of their series against the Angels.
Jay-Z agency signs Cano
Rapper and recording producer Jay-Z is expanding into sports representation and has signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano away from Scott Boras to be a client.
Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, and his Roc Nation company partnered with CAA Sports to form Roc Nation Sports.
Juan Perez is president of Roc Nation Sports. Jay-Z, a part owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, is friendly with injured Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, a former Boras client.
Civil Rights Game scheduled
The Chicago White Sox will host the seventh annual Civil Rights Game on Aug. 24 against the Texas Rangers.
The showcase game debuted with exhibitions in Memphis in 2007 and 2008 followed by regular-season games in Cincinnati (2009-10) and Atlanta (2011-12).
Other events are planned before the game, including MLB’s annual Beacon Awards saluting individuals whose lives have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil-rights movement.
Venters receives injection
Atlanta Braves left-hander Jonny Venters will be shut down for a month after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sprained pitching elbow.
Venters was examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed ligament-replacement surgery on Venters’ elbow in 2005.
The pitcher felt tightness in his elbow during his last spring game and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.