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Johan Santana to miss Venezuelan Winter League finals

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana won't pitch during the rest of the Venezuelan Winter League season because of stiffness in his pitching shoulder.

The 35-year-old left-hander retired six straight batters for Magallanes on Jan. 13 in his first outing since tearing his left Achilles tendon while pitching for Baltimore last June in extended spring training.

Magallanes manager Carlos Garcia tells Associated Press on Monday that Santana's left shoulder has been slow to recover from that outing.

Magallanes trails Caribes of Anzoategui state 2-0 in the best-of-seven finals for a berth in the Caribbean Series.

Santana, 139-78 in 12 major league seasons, has made just 21 big league appearances in the last four seasons due to a pair of shoulder operations and the foot injury. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2012..