ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — In a statement released by the Cardinals on Friday afternoon, the club announced that Chris Carpenter’s right shoulder weakness is due to nerve irritation. The ace pitcher will return with the Redbirds no later than Monday, but there is no time-table for his return to the mound.
Carpenter’s first ailment two weeks prior, a cervical disc injury, prevented him from making his first spring training start. That issue is not considered to be connected with the nerve irritation.
The 36-year-old pitcher reportedly began feeling discomfort and weakness in the right shoulder on Monday after throwing live batting practice Sunday.
A season before Carpenter won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, he was benched in September 2004 for a similar injury in his right arm keeping him out of the Cardinals’ run to the World Series.
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak spoke with reporters on Carpenter’s results and the club’s plan.
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