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Theo Epstein compensation Chris Carpenter set for elbow surgery

Mar 28, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

Chris Carpenter AP

Chris Carpenter, the more valuable of the two pitchers the Red Sox got from the Cubs as compensation for exiting GM Theo Epstein, will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow and miss a chunk of the season.

The Red Sox almost surely gave Carpenter a physical upon acquiring him on Feb. 21, but given that this was hardly a normal deal by MLB standards, one wonders if the Theo compensation saga might be back on. Carpenter was picked by the league as compensation, not agreed to by the two teams.

On the other hand, if this is just a bone spur, then it’s probably not too big of a deal. Carpenter will likely miss a couple of months, but the Red Sox weren’t looking at him as short-term help anyway. He was slated to begin the season in the bullpen at Triple-A Pawtucket.

  1. larryboodry - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    One, either he passed a physical with Boston, or two, they stupidly failed to give him one…In any case, not a big deal given his minor league status. And certainly no reason to reopen the compensation issue.

  2. nagrommit - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Red Sox will demand Theo Epstein undergo Tommy John surgery.

  3. jason1214 - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Aww poor Boston…………….its called irony folks.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      I…I don’t think it is?

      • jason1214 - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        Sarcasm, laugh a little

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:11 AM

        we would laugh but it wasn’t funny and you clearly don’t understand the definition of sarcasm….or do you?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        That’s sarcasm? I don’t think you know what that means either.

  4. randygnyc - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Lmao. Too funny. Gross incompetence in boston.

    • pisano - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      randygnyc…..I wonder if the Red Sox have ever heard the expression: Ship of fools, because they relate.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        Well, at the very least you can send them this link so they can watch Jerry sing it:

  5. shutupyoufuckingidiots - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    That’s what they get for sending the Pirates a damaged Brandon Moss. Fucking assholes I hope they are basement dwellers this year.

    • oldpaddy - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      I don’t think I’ve ever met a pirates fan before.

      • cur68 - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        I wonder if they all have such eloquent and well composed blog-handles? Such charm.

    • foreverchipper10 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      I had never met one until I was a student at Penn State. There were Buccos fans everywhere. I really didn’t think they existed either.

  6. oldpaddy - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Cubs: 2
    Sox: 0

    • Matt Aromando - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Or switch those two numbers for the amount of World Series titles in the past decade.

  7. bigharold - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Theo compensation from the Cubs, .. they story that just keeps on giving.

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