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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter made the trip back to St. Louis on Tuesday to be re-evaluated after symptoms became an issue once again from a bulging disc in his neck. Originally the opening day starter for the defending World Champions against the Miami Marlins on April 4, the Redbirds will have to select another pitcher.

Carpenter was recently diagnosed with a bulging cervical disc just over a week ago, but seemingly made progress.  KMOX Sports Director Tom Ackerman reports that Carpenter’s shoulder did not respond following his Sunday session according to manager Mike Matheny. He was scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday, but that has been cancelled.

Hear more of Tom Ackerman’s conversation with Matheny:

Carpenter turns 37 on April 27, and that date now becomes more of a long shot to make his first start. Coming off a season in which he threw a league and career-high 237.1 innings, the Cardinals’ already had a plan to limit the number of Grapefruit League starts that Carpenter made, yet he’s not made one during spring training.

Hear also from Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Carpenter:

Lance Lynn has taken over Carpenter’s scheduled starts this Spring. A reliever a season ago and 2008 first-round pick, Lynn has made 2 starts in the past week on March 14 & 19 allowing one run and 4 hits over 8.0 innings.

Tom Ackerman also reports Wednesday morning that Mike Matheny has named Kyle Lohse the opening day starter. Matheny also told KMOX that Adam Wainwright will make the home opener start against the Cubs on Friday, April 13.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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