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Chris Carpenter diagnosed with bulging cervical disc

Mar 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this update on right-hander Chris Carpenter:

Still unable to project their co-ace’s return to the mound, the Cardinals nonetheless drew a sigh of relief upon learning Saturday that Chris Carpenter is dealing with a bulging cervical disc rather than a recurrence of career-threatening nerve issues.

Carpenter told Strauss “we can take care of this and move on,” indicating that he doesn’t expect to miss a large chunk of time, and Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed that the news is being received as a “step in the right direction.” Team physicians are expected to map out a recovery timetable for Carpenter early this week. He’s currently questionable for Opening Day, but a quick return to mound workouts could certainly change that.
  1. stex52 - Mar 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Oswalt! Oswalt! Oswalt!

  2. Chris K - Mar 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    I’m beginning to think Carpenter and Wainwright are the same person. They never want to pitch in the same season…

  3. okwhitefalcon - Mar 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I guess this is good news, I guess….

    Bright siding it, this will ensure Shelby Miller gets another sprting training start in major league camp this week.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      That a baby Falcon. Bright side it! And Shelby getting another start is definately good news.

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