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Surgery for Carpenter, Season Over

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Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Chris Carpenter won’t be pitching for the Cardinals anymore this season, as he prepares for major surgery. The decision to move forward with the operation that will shut down the 37-year-old right-handed starter for the remainder of the season was finally made after months of continued shoulder discomfort.

The Cardinals’ ace spoke about his visit with Dr. Pearl, saying that “he really believes that he can fix all these issues that I’ve been dealing with since ’08.”

Carpenter is set to have surgery in Texas on July 19th with hopes of recovering in time for 2013 spring training. Dr. Gregory Pearl will be performing the surgery.

The operation will alleviate Carpenter’s thoracic outlet syndrome.

Recovery is expected to take three-to-six months.

“Personally, it’s a good thing because it’s got answers,” said Carpenter of the upcoming surgery.

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