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Mets Pitcher Johan Santana to Have Tests on Troublesome Back

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana is scheduled to have tests today to determine why he’s experiencing stiffness in his back.

Santana, who missed the 2011 Major League Baseball season following surgery on his pitching shoulder, is 0-5 with a 15.63 earned run average in his past five starts. The 33-year-old left-hander, who on June 1 threw the first no-hitter in franchise history, is 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts this season.

Santana went on the disabled list last month with a sprained right ankle. Since returning on Aug. 11, he’s given up 14 runs in 6 1/3 innings over two starts.

With the Mets out of playoff contention at 57-65, General Manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins recently discussed shutting Santana down for the rest of the season. Collins said after last night’s 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies that Santana would have a scan on his back today.

“It’s not just what I’m thinking or what they’re thinking,” Santana told reporters before last night’s game. “We have come a long way, and they know that. And I’m very happy with everything that I’ve been able to accomplish. Even though I’ve been struggling lately, that doesn’t mean that you can’t see positives around everything that I have done.”

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