Johan Santana Leaves Start Against Braves With Pectoral Strain

New York Mets ace Johan Santana was lifted from his Thursday start against the Braves after five innings of work and 65 pitches. The reason?

Santana has a strained pectoral muscleless than a minute ago via web

Santana, to that point, had allowed just one run on three hits, and was on track to have another long and effective start. The 31 year old southpaw owns a 2.98 ERA and an 11-9 record after still picking up the win.

Nothing is as yet known as to the severity of his strain, but given the way these things usually go, Santana could end up missing a start or two, as the Mets have little reason to push him very hard.

Santana was relieved by Elmer Dessens. Read more on Santana and all things Mets at Amazin' Avenue.

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