St. Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) By Paul Beaty
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals had two aces when they arrived at spring training. Now, both are hurt.
Chris Carpenter left the Cardinals' 7-1 victory over the Florida Marlins in the third inning Tuesday after feeling a "twinge" in his left hamstring.
Carpenter was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring, but said the injury isn't serious. He said he has never before had a hamstring injury.
The Cardinals' bad luck continued in the next inning when setup man Mitchell Boggs, rushed into the game to replace Carpenter, was escorted off the mound after straining his lower back.
Boggs said his back has been bothering him throughout the spring, but he doesn't think the injury is serious, either.
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