ST. LOUIS (BaseballSTL) – General Manager John Mozeliak has confirmed Chris Carpenter is set to be shut down for the year and will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a nerve issue in his shoulder.
Carpenter has been plagued by weakness in his shoulder since spring training and has battled intermittent neck pain throughout the season.
Struggling with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that compresses nerves and blood vessels between his neck and ribs, Carpenter has been unable to reach 100 percent despite multiple bullpen and batting practice sessions.
The expected recovery and rehabilitation from the procedure is six months, so Carpenter would have to undergo surgery by next month to be ready for the beginning of next season.
The 37-year-old Carpenter wants to continue pitching. He’s been told the surgery to relieve compressed nerves in the shoulder could allow him to resume his career, although there are no guarantees.
The Cardinals had been optimistic Carpenter would pitch after the All-Star break until recently. A bullpen throwing session was cancelled on Monday because strength had not returned to the shoulder, and now the team is optimistic Carpenter will be ready for spring training.
General manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that recovery time is three to six months.
The surgery will be performed on July 19 in Dallas.