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MLB notebook: Mets' Santana likely to miss season

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

The Mets said Johan Santana injured his left shoulder again and likely will need surgery and miss the 2013 season.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery in September 2010, then returned last year and pitched the first no-hitter in the team's history. He hasn't pitched in an exhibition game this year because of arm weakness.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday an MRI in New York a day earlier showed a “probable” re-tear of Santana's left shoulder capsule.

Alderson said Santana's $25 million salary this year isn't covered by insurance. The Mets also will owe him a $6 million buyout after this season.

Tigers without set closer

The Tigers optioned rookie reliever Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo, leaving them without an announced closer as they prepare for Monday's opener.

Rondon went 2-1 with a 5.84 ERA in 13 spring training games with nine walks and 19 strikeouts in 12 13 innings.

Jose Valverde struggled in the postseason last year and became a free agent, and the Tigers brought the 22-year-old Rondon to camp as his potential replacement.

Manager Jim Leyland said any of his seven relievers could be used to close games early in the season.

Wainwright, Cards finalize deal

Pitcher Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals officially agreed to $97.5 million, five-year contract covering 2014-18 that raises his guaranteed income to $109.5 million over the next six seasons.

Wainwright gets $12 million this year under his previous deal, and the new agreement pays him $19.5 million in each of the following five years.

Overbay looks to be Yanks' choice

Lyle Overbay has emerged as the top contender to be the Yankees' starting first baseman with Mark Teixeira beginning the season on the disabled list.

New York general manager Brian Cashman said Overbay — who was signed to a minor league contract Tuesday, hours after being released by Boston — has the inside track for the job. The Yankees released Juan Rivera, who played extensively the spring training.

Around the diamond

The Orioles put pitcher Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left abdominal muscle. ... A's pitcher Fernando Rodriguez underwent reconstructive elbow surgery and is expected to be out 12 to 18 months.

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