It was announced today that the New York Mets have placed Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled list do to inflamation in in his lower back. The Mets however plan to shut him down for the rest of the 2012 season.

Santana had an MRI performed Wednesday that discovered the Inflmation. Doctors say that surgery will not be necessary. It was obvious that something was wrong with Santana. Since his No-hitter in June, his record has been 3-7 with a 8.27 ERA. His last five outings alone he is 0-5 with a 15.63 ERA.

Santana was scheduled to start on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies. Colin McHugh will take his place on the mound. This season in AAA Buffalo he is 2-4 with a 3.39 ERA.

This is the second time this season that Santana has been placed on the DL and the second time in two years that he has been shut down for the season. He missed the entire 2011 season after being shut down in 2010 for shoulder surgery. Santana is now the third member of the rotation from the beginning of the year that will miss the rest of the seaon. Mike Pelfrey was lost to Tommy John Surgery and Dillon Gee needed surgery to fix a damaged artery.

[ESPN.COM]