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Nerve issue sits Cards ace

JUPITER — Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and the Cardinals ace will be sidelined indefinitely.

The team made the announcement Friday, after Carpenter was evaluated in St. Louis this week. The team says there is no new nerve injury and the cervical disc injury that occurred earlier in spring training is a "nonissue."

The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner is expected back in camp by Monday, but there is no timetable for his return to the mound.

Carpenter, who turns 37 next month, pitched the Cardinals to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. The right-hander was 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA last season, leading the NL in innings (237⅓) and starts (34).

Carpenter previously had nerve issues in the shoulder in 2004 and 2008.

He had been scheduled to pitch on opening day, a spot that will be taken by Kyle Lohse.

Adam Wainwright, who was recovering from elbow surgery last season, said he's ready to pick up the slack.

Wainwright pitched five shutout innings Friday as the Cardinals beat Miami 2-1. He has given up just an unearned run in 14 innings this spring.

"If you look at our staff as a whole, we'll do a big job as a whole picking Carp up. He has done that for years. Time to return the favor," he said.

Red Sox reliever charged with DUI

FORT MYERS — Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was arrested on charges of driving under the influence after a Lee County Sheriff's deputy saw his sport utility vehicle moving erratically, an arrest report said.

He was released on bail.

The report said Jenks told the deputy he had taken "too many muscle relaxers." The deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking. Jenks also told the deputy he hit another car at a strip club. Jenks, 31, faces DUI charges and a hit-and-run charge. Red Sox officials declined comment.

Torre returns: Less than three months after he resigned to join a group that eventually failed in a bid to buy the Dodgers, Joe Torre will return to the job of MLB executive vice president for baseball operations.

Dodgers sale: The number of bidders for the club is down to three, the Los Angeles Times reported. The finalists include a group led by Magic Johnson and baseball executive Stan Kasten; Rams owner Stan Kroenke; and a group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Surgery for Royal: After seeking a third option, closer Joakim Soria has decided to have reconstructive elbow surgery in April and will miss the season. A two-time All-Star with 160 saves the past five seasons, he also missed the 2003 season while recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery. Manager Ned Yost said the three candidates to close are Jonathan Broxton, Greg Holland and Aaron Crow.

Braves: Dan Uggla hit his fifth homer of the spring and drove in three runs in a 9-4 win against the Mets. Left-hander Mike Minor had his 14-inning scoreless streak end when he gave up an unearned run in the first.

Cubs: Right-hander Ryan Dempster will make his second straight opening day start for Chicago, facing the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg on April 5.

Indians: Jack Hannahan, who has not played since March 15, said the tightness in his lower back should not keep him from starting at third on opening day.

Tigers: Doug Fister left his start against the Pirates in the fifth inning because of soreness in his right middle finger. He was scheduled to throw 75 pitches but was lifted after striking out four in 4⅓ innings. He is day to day.

Nerve issue sits Cards ace 03/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 10:26pm]
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