Newsday—October 2, 2008
Incredibly, Santana did it all on one leg.
The Mets revealed that the two-time Cy Young winner had successful arthroscopic surgery yesterday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and Santana is expected to make a full recovery before spring training. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that helps stabilize and cushion the knee joint. The operation was performed by team physicians David Altchek and Struan Coleman at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
"Johan's exit physical -- standard for all players -- took place yesterday," general manager Omar Minaya said in a statement. "An MRI revealed a torn meniscus in his left knee which necessitated surgery. Johan had mentioned some mild discomfort after his start in Washington [Sept. 18], which did not preclude him from facing the Cubs or Marlins last week. Most important is that the operation was successful and that he'll be ready to go before spring training."