Mets Ace Santana (Elbow) Scratched From Next Start

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NEW YORK (AP) - Johan Santana has been scratched from his next scheduled start because of discomfort in his pitching elbow, the latest injury to a star player on the depleted New York Mets.

Santana's setback is particularly alarming for the Mets, who are counting on the two-time Cy Young Award winner to lead their rotation for years to come.

The left-hander had been slated to pitch Tuesday night in Florida. Instead, he will be examined by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek, and right-hander Nelson Figueroa will start against the Marlins.

The Mets have 11 players on the disabled list, including David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado. New York also learned Monday that outfielder Jeff Francoeur has a torn ligament in his left thumb.