St. Louis Cardinals: Possible Backup Plans for Chris Carpenter

Dylan MaddenContributor IIMarch 12, 2012

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 10:  Relief pitcher Shelby Miller #91 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium on March 10, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals have a pain in their neck, well Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter actually does, but figuratively, the Cardinals do as well.

The Redbirds may have to go without one of their dynamic duo for an undetermined amount of time...again. 

Chris Carpenter is going to miss an undetermined amount of time with a bulging disk in his neck, and after the Cardinals were without ace Adam Wainwright last year, I'm sure this latest unfortunate injury has the front office, as well as new manager, Mike Matheny, smacking their respective foreheads. 

As the Cardinals wait for Carpenter to return from his neck injury, they must look to other options in the case that Carpenter is not ready for the start of the season.

Lance Lynn has been the organization's answer to that question as of right now, and he has viable major league experience.

I like the option of Lance Lynn, but I would also like to see Shelby Miller, the Cardinals top prospect, get a shot, or at least some innings in Carpenter's stead. Miller is one of baseball's bright young future stars, and is projected to be big league ready this upcoming season. So, while Lynn may be the most logical choice to eat up the majority of Carpenter's innings, it would also be very beneficial to the future Redbirds and Miller to get a portion of those innings as well.