Carpenter to Have Tommy John Surgery

Cardinal ace expected to miss remainder of 2007, part of 2008
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2007 6:53 AM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals starting picher Chris Carpenter is shown Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, during baseball spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Carpenter was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 9, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter, the 2005 Cy Young winner, will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and miss the rest of this season and part of next, the team said yesterday. The 2006 World Series star and Opening Day starter hit the DL on April 2 and hasn't started in the majors since.

Shoulder surgery benched Carpenter for most of '02 and '03, and bursitis landed him on the DL last year before his triumphant postseason run. Swelling developed during minor-league rehab within the past 10 days. The reeling Cards didn't sound surprised: "t's about the way the rest of the season has gone here," said Jason Isringhausen.