After a long weekend of baseball, I’m finally back.
Cardinals’ pitcher Chris Carpenter has decided to undergo season-ending nerve surgery ending his rehab attempt. Carpenter was hoping for a return after the All-Star break, but he will now set his sights for returning in 2013.
He was scheduled to throw a side-session on Monday, but it was canceled for undisclosed reasons. Carpenter told media that after he throws, his face, shoulder, and arm would sometimes go numb due to the nerve problem.
The surgery is complex, but not dangerous, posing no real threat to the patient. The procedure includes removing his first rib and moving some nerves.
This announcement provides closure that will probably benefit the team. The Cardinals now know that he will not return in 2012 so they can make moves accordingly. Although it helps, it doesn’t change things too much. The club planned on pursuing starting pitching anyway and if Carp returned they’d consider it a bonus. But now they feel more inclined to maybe pursue a higher quality starter.
The rehab for this surgery takes about six months so the timing of this announcement is crucial. By having it in July, the rehab will presumably have him healthy right before Spring Training 2013.
The date for his surgery has not been announced.