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A worst-case scenario for the Mets

Johan Santana's surgery threatens to make the team irrelevant before 2011 begins

Updated: September 11, 2010, 10:27 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Left-hander Johan Santana expressed uncertainty on Friday afternoon about when he would be able to contribute to the 2011 edition of the New York Mets.

And given the Mets may be operating on an austerity budget this winter -- continuing a youth movement prompted by overspending -- the absence of Santana, or a diminished Santana, threatens to make next season all that more perilous.

"I don't know. I don't really know," Santana said about the timeline for his return during ...

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