Mets Ace Johan Santana Likely Done for the Season

The left-hander is going on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his lower back.

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    Johan Santana will most likely not pitch again until next season.

    In a move Mets ace Johan Santana is headed to the disabled list and not expected to pitch again this season.

    General manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the left-hander was going on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his lower back.

    Doctors are not recommending surgery.

    Santana has had an up-and-down season in his return from shoulder surgery that kept him out more than a year. He threw the team's first no-hitter June 1 but is 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA since throwing a career-high 134 pitches in that game.

    He is 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts overall.

    The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner is in the fifth season of a $137.5 million, six-year contract.

    Shutting Santana down for the season could help the lefty ace bounce back for the 2013 campaign.