Chris Carpenter: Another Cardinals Ace Gets Injured Before the Season Starts
Chris Carpenter Strains Left Hamstring After Cardinals Lose Adam Wainwright for the Season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have to be feeling mighty snake-bitten right now.
This offseason hasn't exactly been good to the organization.
First, they can't reach a deal for an extension with free-agent-to-be Albert Pujols.
Then they lose ace Adam Wainwright for the year after he tweaks his elbow and opts to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Ace No. 2 Chris Carpenter reportedly sustained a mild left hamstring strain in Spring Training today after he said he felt a "twinge"while pitching in the third inning of a Grapefruit League game against the Florida Marlins.
Carpenter, the 35-year-old who has had some history with injuries, said he has never experienced a hamstring injury, but he wasn't "too concerned" with it.
Of course, this comes at a fitting time, a day after I posted an article about the 20 MLB players whose bodies would most likely fail them in 2011, with Carpenter at No. 10.
Sorry if I jinxed you Cardinals fans/Chris Carpenter, it certainly wasn't my intention.
The good news is this injury doesn't seem too severe, but it does raise questions whether Carpenter can turn in a full campaign in 2011.
The Cardinals are gonna need him after losing Wainwright for the year.
Carpenter threw 235 innings last season, posting a 3.22 ERA and 16 wins.
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