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Massage Table Mentionables: MLB Week Two
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"MTM" is designed to give you a heads up on the latest injury news; check it out every Thursday at Currently, our topics are MLB related.

Here are the top injury stories as of April 15, 2009.

First up is Chris Carpenter, our cover boy for Week Two.

Man, he looked so good in his first start, too. He didn't even make it four innings in his second start of the season, leaving after "straining his rib cage" while batting in the third inning.

That, of course, is one of the downsides to an NL pitcher—they have the added risk of getting hurt at the plate.

An injury to Carpenter shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone though, as we all know he has had his fair share of them. He made only four starts in 2008 after elbow surgery, and then went under the knife again after the season to try and fix a nerve problem in the same elbow.

The Cardinals weren't sure whether Carpenter would go on the DL or not, but his morale after the incident suggested that he most likely would.

Its not a good sign when a player responds "I don't know how long," when asked about the degree of his injury. No optimism at all kind of scares me.

Needless to say, the Cardinals placed Carpenter on the 15 day DL on Wednesday. Sometimes it's just too good to be true. Sorry, Carpenter owners, but it's looking like another disappointed season already.

For fantasy purposes, feel free to stash him on your DL and pray that he comes back at some point, but I wouldn't bet on it. I like the guy; he just can't stay healthy.

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