St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a nerve issue in his shoulder that has sidelined him since spring training.
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 procedure involves removing the first rib.
Carpenter said Tuesday that he's dealt with the injury since 2008. He doesn't believe his heavy workload last year for the World Series champions plays a significant role.
"We've tried since spring training to get this going, and every time I try to come back unfortunately it just doesn't allow me to do that," Carpenter said Tuesday before the Cardinals played the Rockies. "To be honest with you, I wish I thought about this surgery a while back. If we did it in March or April, I'd be close to coming back now."
Carpenter, the 2005 N.L. Cy Young winner, is in the first year of a two-year, $21 million contract.
General manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that recovery time is three to six months for what he described as a "relatively simple" operation. The surgery will be performed on July 19 in Dallas.
Tigers: Detroit had a feel-good story in an 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Darin Downs made his major league debut, striking out one and walking one in a hitless ninth inning, to complete quite a
He had a fractured skull and brain swelling after getting hit by a line drive while pitching for Tampa Bay's Double-A team in 2009, putting him on the brink of death.
White Sox: Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski, not chosen for the A.L. All-Star team managed by Texas skipper Ron Washington, hit a three-run homer -- his 15th of the season -- to cap a nine-run fifth inning that made it 16-0. Pierzynski said he was over the snub and looked forward to spending four days with his family.
All-Star roster: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was named to replace Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp on the N.L. All-Star roster.
Jones had been a candidate to be voted onto the team by fans in baseball's Final Vote campaign. Instead, Jones, 40, is replacing Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury but plans to participate in the All-Star home run derby.
Phillies: Roy Halladay went through a vigorous bullpen session Tuesday, and the injured ace could be back shortly after the All-Star break.
Red Sox: Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury, a day after the right-hander allowed five runs in one-plus inning and failed to retire a batter in the second inning of a 6-1 loss to the A's. Boston also reached a contract termination settlement with pitcher Bobby Jenks and granted his unconditional release.