Two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana's season came to an abrupt end on Friday, according to a report by the AP. The injury, a torn achilles tendon, occurred when he was attempting to field a ball that had ricocheted off of him.
The loss of Santana was confirmed by Dan Duquette, who told reporters, "[Santana] won't be able to pitch for the Orioles this season."
As it stands now, the pitcher's career doesn't appear to be over, or so says his agent. When asked by MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo whether this would end his career, Santana's representative, Peter Greenberg, responded rather unequivocally: "No. Not with this guy." Of course, the Orioles will still need to replace him. The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly is reporting on Twitter that the team will be looking to add the depth they were looking to get from Santana through a trade this summer, as per Duquette.
The issue with his return will not just be the difficulty recovering from the injury, but how long it will take. Rehab is expected to go beyond this year, according to Connolly, though it's not clear whether he means the 2014 baseball season or 2014 entirely.
And given that the Orioles only had him on a one-year contract, it's hard to say whether or not Santana will be able to find a place to play in the majors, even if he does come back.