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Chris Carpenter has “inflammation and swelling” in elbow

Oct 18, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Cardinals and publicly at least various members of the team downplayed talk of his elbow being an issue, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “Carpenter suffered inflammation and swelling of the elbow” following his start against the Brewers last Wednesday.

According to Strauss he “required lengthy daily treatments” leading up to a potential Game 7 start in the NLCS and any notion of Carpenter starting on short rest for a second time this postseason has been ruled out.

In fact, his Game 1 start will come on six days’ rest following an abbreviated 89-pitch outing, so if ever Carpenter was going to be at full strength this would be the time.

Strauss hints that the Cardinals were somewhat worried about Carpenter’s status for a potential Game 7 against Milwaukee, so he needs all the extra time off he can get.

  1. bigleagues - Oct 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Dude’s from new Hampshire . . . he’ll be fine.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      Yep…and a former Hockey Player as well.

      • clydeserra - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        Really, I did not know that.

        I wonder why the people on the national radio and TV broadcasts have never mentioned that?

      • bigleagues - Oct 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM

        What the Granite State lacks in glamor it makes up for in ruggedness.

    • foreverchipper10 - Oct 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      Sometimes I forget New Hapmshire exists.

      • foreverchipper10 - Oct 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

        Of course I spelled it wrong. Sigh.

      • bigleagues - Oct 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM

        “Live Free or Die” – all-time greatest state slogan.

        Never forget.

  2. SmackSaw - Oct 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Most pitchers suffer inflammation and swelling of the elbow following a start.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Your dead on Smack. I just don’t know they require “lengthy daily treatments” leading up to a potential game #7 as he did in the NLCS. Let’s hope he is well rested an ALL of that inflammation and swelling of the elbow is gone by tomorrow afternoon.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    I would imagine that this is a lot like announcing that a catcher is suffering from some bruises. Not great, but probably not too far out of the ordinary.

  4. portlax12 - Oct 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    The Cardinals are in serious trouble if they dont have a 100% Chris Carpenter. He has carried them at times through the playoffs and if he can no longer do that I don’t see STL beating texas.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 18, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      Lets be clear: He carried them for one game during the playoffs.

      • spudchukar - Oct 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        True, but what a game!

      • portlax12 - Oct 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        Fair enough but STL would be golfing right now if not for Carpenter. But i guess my point is that STL is already outgunned by Texas and without Carpenter at 100% I just can’t see STL winning this series.

  5. cintiphil - Oct 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Without Carpenter, the birds are toast! But then again, what does it mean that he has swelling? Did they ice it after his last outing and if they did, did the swelling go down? If not, did they give him a shot? Who knows, but he will have to be 100% on Wed. night.

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