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Santana has knee surgery, should be OK for spring training

Updated: October 1, 2008, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- New York Mets ace Johan Santana had arthroscopic surgery on torn cartilage in his left knee Wednesday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

News of the injury came as a surprise. Santana pitched a three-hit shutout on short rest Saturday against Florida to pull the Mets into a tie for the NL wild card. They were eliminated from playoff contention the following day.

"Johan's exit physical, standard for all players, took place yesterday," general manager Omar Minaya ...

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