By Scooby Axson
August 22, 2012

Mets pitcher Johan Santana is being shut down for the year because of lower back inflammation. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The New York Mets placed struggling left-hander Johan Santana on the disabled list on Wednesday and he is not expected to pitch the rest of the season, reports

Santana recently injured his back and had an MRI yesterday which revealed inflammation in his lower back. He reportedly will not need surgery on his back. He pitched a no-hitter in May and is coming off a stint on the disabled list because of a sprained ankle.

Santana was scheduled to pitch on Thursday, instead Collin McHugh will take his place in the rotation.

Santana has lost his last five decisions, giving up 34 earned runs in those outings.

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