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Chris Carpenter to undergo season-ending surgery

Jul 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jenifer Langosch of reports that Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery.


Chris Carpenter suffered another setback in his recovery from year-long shoulder problems and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the former Cy Young winner and the Cardinals have “discussed a second shutdown and possible season-ending surgery.”

That’s a change from last week, when Carpenter opted against surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. However, according to Strauss the Cardinals canceled his bullpen session yesterday and there’s no longer a timetable for his return to the mound.

Strauss also notes that manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak have remained vague about details surrounding Carpenter’s status, continuing a season-long trend for the Cardinals. At this point it sounds all but guaranteed that Carpenter will need the surgery and six-month recovery, but the question is whether it can wait until after the season. And unfortunately it’s looking more and more like the answer is no.

Carpenter signed a two-year, $21 million contract extension last September, but was shut down in spring training and hasn’t started a big-league game since beating the Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series.

  1. mvp43 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    If Carpenter wasn’t such a knob and a hard guy to like, I might care more.

    • pantswearer - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Butthurt Reds fan, or just a general dislike for Carpenter?

      • stabonerichard - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        In one of those annual surveys of fellow big leaguers, Carp was recently rated as one of the biggest trash talkers, right behind Nyjer Morgan. So he does have a bit of a reputation of acting like a turd at times, losing his cool at times out there on the diamond.

      • stabonerichard - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        I’ll try that survey link again…

  2. jumbro10 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    How will he ever be able to tell his son he couldnt just gut through the pain?

  3. thomas655 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    If he cannot pitch now and cannot pitch until he has the surgery, why is it there an issue of having the surgery before the end of the season? If he has a six month recovery after the surgery, he could have the surgery done now and be ready by spring training next year. I was hoping to see him come back later this season, but if he cannot, I would really like for him to be ready for next season by having this surgery soon.

    • amunoz78 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      The idea would be to rehab through the injury so he can pitch again this season, then have the surgery in the off-season.

  4. lbran19 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    For all those that think you can just suffer through the pain or go to rehab for TOS- take it from someone who suffered with it for years… Taking 6 years to be diagnosed… Going thru rehab that doesn’t work… Then went through the surgery of the removal of my first rib and a brachial plexus reconstruction… Along with 5 months of intense post surgery rehab… It’s not as easy as you seem to think. Cut the guy some slack and get your facts straight on his diagnosis before you try to play doctor and what you think is best for his career. It’ll only hurt him more in the long run the longer he puts it off.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      I’m no doctor but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  5. okwhitefalcon - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Fox Sports Midwest’ BJ Rains is reporting Carpenter is electing for surgery now, his year (possilble career) is over.

  6. - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Did you hear that, Mozeliak?

  7. darthicarus - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Cardinals seem to have some of the worst luck with top of rotation starting pitchers and career/season ending injuries in recent history – Wainwright, Morris, Carpenter, Kile, Ankiel, Garcia

    • Reflex - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      They keep drafting, developing and signing guys with poor mechanics. Great attitudes, competitive ballplayers, but bad throwing motions. As a result, the injury parade will continue. Wainwright probably has another year and a half before his shoulder or elbow blow again…

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:18 AM

      how can you forget mulder.

  8. cintiphil - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Well, this makes it bitter sweet for Reds fans. We wanted the Reds to beat the birds, but not this way. We wanted the Reds to finally beat the best the Cards have, not the guys they will have to bring up from Memphis. I don’t think they can pull off another miracle like last year. So, I think it will be the Reds in the central, unless the Pirates refused to die.

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM

      thats the problem with the reds they think the season ends in july.

  9. kfiz14 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Hopefully his career is over.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Where is El Bravo’s douchenozzle list?
      I nominate kfiz14 to be the most recent inductee.

  10. maynardstool - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Really??? They didn’t draft Carp or Waino. And if you can find one single major leaguer that has good mechanics that won’t eventually need TJ surgery then show him to me.

    The fact is that throwing a baseball the way it needs to be thrown to be effective is not a natural or healthy motion.

    I think it’s almost inevitable that most elite level pitchers will need TJ surgery before they retire. Just way too much torque on the elbow ligaments.

  11. cardsfanindelaware - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    “Hello Cole Hamels, John Mozeliak here…”

  12. johnnyb1976 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:15 PM


    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Karma would be little Joanie showing B. Phillips his “spikes to the face” technique.

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