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Cardinals considering “Plan B” options in case Carpenter misses the start of the season

Mar 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke to ESPN 101’s Brian Stull on Sunday morning about Chris Carpenter‘s neck injury, which has been officially diagnosed as a bulging cervical disc.

Mozeliak didn’t get into many specifics about the diagnosis nor did he speak about a recovery timetable for the 36-year-old right-hander, but he did admit there is an awareness in the organization that a backup plan will be needed if Carpenter is forced to miss the first few weeks of the regular season.

“Internally, we’ve discussed it,” said Mozeliak. “We definitely think we need to implement that Plan B so I think over this week you’ll see someone start to stretch out a little bit.”

Lance Lynn was a starter in the minors and could get consideration. Kyle McClellan is another option, as is lefty Marc Rzepczynski, a former starter in the Blue Jays’ system. The Cardinals also have one of the top pitching prospects in baseball in Shelby Miller, though the plan right now is for him to open in Triple-A.

Free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt seems set on waiting until the middle of the season to join a team, but the St. Louis front office did make an offer to him at one point this winter.

  1. Gonzo - Mar 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    They should be able to find Plan B at their local Walgreen’s.

    • vivabear - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      It’s sold out quite frequently though…my local Walgreen’s anyway. I’m pretty sure I know who keeps buying it too.

  2. The Baseball Idiot - Mar 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Yeah, giving Carpenter a few weeks rest before he starts the season willl be good for the rest of the National League.

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I wonder what Plan C is? Blanton is available.

    • paperlions - Mar 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      If they were going to spend any money at all, they would have given it to Oswalt. I doubt Philly is looking to eat $7M of Blanton’s contract.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

        Oswalt only wants to pitch in the second half. By then, Carpenter might be healthy enough to pitch. Blanton is available right now, but Philadelphia is said to be willing to only absorb $2 million of his salary.

      • paperlions - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        After no one offered what he wanted, Oswalt said he was sitting out the 1st half. The Cardinals had plenty of time to offer him decent money. Why would anyone take on $6.5M of Blanton’s deal if they thought they only needed a 1 month fill in.

        Philly will still have a hard time finding someone willing to pay $6.5M for Blanton because you can get at least 90% of his production from a AAA guy. If money didn’t matter, the Cardinals would still prefer to have Lance Lynn start than Blanton.

      • spudchukar - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM

        Aaron Miles might be available. He is as attractive a hurler as Blanton, and considerably cheaper.

  4. westcoastredbird - Mar 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    This has the smell of the start of last year.

  5. okwhitefalcon - Mar 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Per Derrick Goold, Plan B is stretching out Lance Lynn.

  6. Old Gator - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Isn’t “Plan B” to bomb the Iranian reactors? Or have I just been channel surfing past Faux News in my sleep again?

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