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  1. Theo Epstein compensation Chris Carpenter set for elbow surgery

    Mar 28, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    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.…

  2. Report: The Angels are the frontrunner to sign Roy Oswalt

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    We’ve seen renewed speculation over the past 24 hours that the Cardinals could make a run at Roy Oswalt now that Chris Carpenter is sidelined indefinitely due to nerve irritation in his shoulder. While that may still happen, it appears that a surprise team has entered the mix. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network…

  3. Chris Carpenter “out indefinitely” with nerve irritation in shoulder

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Chris Carpenter left Cardinals camp earlier this week with what was described as a neck injury, but after several days of testing by specialists he’s been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his shoulder. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter is “out indefinitely” with an injury similar to one he had…

  4. Allen Craig returns from surgery to hit in minor-league game

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Chris Carpenter‘s setback is the biggest story in Cardinals camp, but they did get some good news yesterday as Allen Craig returned from knee surgery to play in a minor-league game. It was Craig’s first action since Game 7 of the World Series, although he was limited strictly to hitting and didn’t run or play…

  5. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp following setback with neck injury

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    carpenter getty

    Whatever progress Chris Carpenter had made in his recovery from a neck injury has been wiped away, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the veteran right-hander has left Cardinals camp “to be further examined by nerve specialists after experiencing renewed symptoms associated with a bulging cervical disc.” In other words:…

  6. Chris Carpenter throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 18, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    carpenter pose getty

    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter took a big step in the right direction Sunday, throwing two simulated innings to a group of teammates in camp. Carpenter was diagnosed earlier this month with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and has not yet appeared in a Grapefruit League game. But he’s beginning to make progress and…

  7. Chris Carpenter “felt good” after 30-pitch bullpen session

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Chris Carpenter‘s status for Opening Day remains in question because of a neck injury and the Cardinals are preparing Lance Lynn to potentially step into the rotation, but Carpenter was healthy enough to throw off a mound yesterday. He was throwing for the first time in nearly two weeks and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports…

  8. Aaron Kurcz goes to Red Sox to complete Theo Epstein compensation package

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Already having picked up Chris Carpenter, the Red Sox have now acquired fellow right-hander Aaron Kurcz from the Cubs as the player to be named in the Theo Epstein compensation package. This comes almost five months after Epstein left the Red Sox to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. The Red Sox still owe…

  9. Cardinals demote top prospects Shelby Miller, Zack Cox

    Mar 14, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Shelby Miller

    Any speculation that Shelby Miller might be the choice to replace Chris Carpenter in early April ended Wednesday with the Cardinals’ decision to reassign him to minor league camp. Among the others also demoted today were fellow starter Brandon Dickson and third baseman Zack Cox. Miller, one of baseball’s top prospects, went 11-6 with a…

  10. Lance Lynn moving back to rotation with Chris Carpenter out

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    Fortunately for the Cardinals, Chris Carpenter got hurt in early March, rather than at the end of the month. Manager Mike Matheny made the curious decision last month to have Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs all prepare as relievers this spring, even though those three guys seemed to be his next best rotation…

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

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    carpenter reuters

    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…

  12. Chris Carpenter diagnosed with bulging cervical disc

    Mar 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    carpenter getty

    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…

  13. Adam Wainwright sharp in return from Tommy John surgery

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Making his spring debut after missing all of 2011, Adam Wainwright pitched two hitless innings against the Twins on Friday. Wainwright was consistently in the low-90s in the outing, showing the same velocity he did prior to his Tommy John surgery last spring. He wasn’t perfect with his command, throwing 14 of his 30 pitches…

  14. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp with neck injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter will miss his scheduled start Monday and has left Cardinals camp to get a second opinion on his injured neck, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that the Cardinals have “remained intentionally vague about Carpenter’s timetable after initially suggesting he would miss one Grapefruit League start.” Carpenter…

  15. Roy Halladay passes on snake wrestling, intoxicating bark

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay isn’t generally known for his interesting interviews. However, his winter getaway fishing on the Amazon provided him with a couple of fun anecdotes today. According to legend, Halladay, who went to Brazil with Chris Carpenter and B.J. Ryan, wrestled an anaconda in the river. That wasn’t exactly the case, though. “I was not…

  16. Theo Epstein compensation watch: the Cubs send Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL to the Red Sox

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    No, not that Chris Carpenter. He’s still a Cardinal. This is the Cubs reliever. Who will now be a Boston Red Sox in exchange for the Cubs hiring away Theo Epstein. There will be a player to be named later too, so it’s not like this is ever ending, apparently. Not a significant player, really.…

  17. Cardinals won’t stretch out Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    OK, yeah, boring headline; this one probably won’t get a lot of clicks. But it rates as a pretty curious decision to me. New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that he doesn’t plan to stretch out any of his relievers, a group that includes former starters Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs. In…

  18. Running down the rosters: Chicago Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Marlon Byrd

    Forget about 2012 and probably 2013 as well; the Cubs are thinking long-term after luring Theo Epstein from Boston as their new showrunner. This year’s club won’t necessarily be one of the worst in baseball — the pitching depth could help it avoid that fate — but there’s also little in the way of upside…

  19. Running down the rosters: St. Louis Cardinals

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The World Series champion Cardinals will go it without Albert Pujols, but the additions of Adam Wainwright (back from Tommy John surgery) and Carlos Beltran should sufficiently make up for that. On paper this year’s team looks just as good as the one that won it all. Of course, last year’s winners wouldn’t have sniffed the postseason…

  20. Chris Carpenter injured his toe fishing in South America

    Dec 30, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Remember how during the playoffs you couldn’t go ten friggin’ seconds without someone reminding you that Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter were best buddies and how they were going fishing in the Amazon in the offseason?  Well, they did.  And professional fisherman Skeet Reece went with them.  He blogged about it a couple of weeks…

  21. Cardinals sign Carlos Beltran to two-year, $26M contract

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    beltran getty orange

    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals agreed Thursday to a two-year, $26 million contract with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. The deal includes a no-trade clause. Beltran batted .300 with a .910 OPS, 22 home runs and 84 RBI in 142 games this past year between the Mets and Giants, and…

  22. Report: Cardinals shopping Kyle Lohse to make room for Mark Buehrle

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    buehrle getty

    Here’s an interesting one. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune was told by a source that the Cardinals are trying to shop right-hander Kyle Lohse in an effort to make a run at free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle. Buehrle is from Missouri, so many have long speculated about him potentially winding up with his hometown…

  23. Kung fu Cueto emerges as brawl villain

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:53 AM EDT

    One interesting result of the big Cardinals-Reds square dance on Tuesday night – aside from the fact that only the managers were ejected, is that Brandon Phillips was not the one to emerge as Public Enemy No. 1. (You can see different videos of the brawl here, here and here.)  The real post-brawl villain was Cincinnati…

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