Chris Carpenter "out indefinitely"
St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has been examined by a specialist in St. Louis and has been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his right shoulder. There's no timetable for his return.
The team also notes that "there has been no new nerve injury and the cervical disc injury which happened earlier in spring training is a non-issue." Carpenter is expected to return to camp on Monday.
As for a timetable for Carpenter's return, there's not one. MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch tweets that he's "out indefinitely," and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets that Carpenter must first recover and then re-strengthen his shoulder. In other words, it's going to be some time.
All of this means the Cardinals will open the season with a rotation of
If it makes Cardinal fans feel any better, then know that Lynn is thriving in his new role this spring, and Wainwright has yet to give up a run in Grapefruit League play. Still, being without a stalwart like Carpenter in Wainwright's rebound season after undergoing Tommy John surgery strikes a serious blow.