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Johan Santana to undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday

Mets starter Johan Santana throws a warmup pitch

Mets starter Johan Santana throws a warmup pitch during a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Mar. 19, 2010) (Credit: AP)

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Mets dropped their Grapefruit League finale 7-1 on Saturday to the Orioles. As you read this, the Mets are getting on their flight to New York, where they will work out on Sunday. A few quick notes:

-- Johan Santana has elected to undergo his second major shoulder surgery in 31 months. He informed the Mets that he will undergo surgery on Tuesday in New York to repair the torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. His first surgery in Sept. 2010 cost him 19 months and the second procedure will likely require about the same time. The Mets owe Santana $31 million though he has likely thrown his last pitch for the franchise.

-- The Mets outfield took its final form. Manager Terry Collins said Lucas Duda will start in left, Collin Cowgill will start in center and Marlon Byrd will start in right field. Earlier in the spring, a platoon situation appeared inevitable in at least two of the three spots, though Collins said yesterday that he views each outfielder as everyday players.

-- Jordany Valdespin hit .313 in spring though it appears he has been squeezed out of a starting job. There had been some debate internally regarding Valdespin's ability to handle the outfield on a regular basis. Perhaps telling of the Mets' ultimate evaluation, the club carried an extra outfielder in Kirk Nieuwenhuis to protect themselves defensively.

-- Against the Orioles, Collins essentially used his Opening Day lineup. Collin Cowgill led off, followed by Daniel Murphy and David Wright, both of whom came through the day with no issues with their intercostal muscles. Ike Davis hit cleanup in front of Marlon Byrd and Lucas Duda. Catcher John Buck hit seventh and Ruben Tejada batted eighth.

-- The final roster decision comes down to Justin Turner's health. The utilityman, who is battling a strained left calf, will work out on Sunday. He will be evaluated by trainers afterward. If the Mets place Turner on the disabled list, Zach Lutz will make the Opening Day roster.

-- And finally, top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler announced via Twitter that he will start on Opening Day when Triple-A Las Vegas opens at Sacramento.

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