Cardinals ace pitcher Chris Carpenter has been diagnosed with nerve inflammation in his right shoulder causing weakness in that shoulder. The return of Carpenter to the Cardinals starting pitching rotation is indefinite. Carpenter underwent four days of tests in St. Louis for the soreness that has kept him from pitching in any Spring Training games in 2012.
Carpenter suffered from this nerve inflammation back in 2004 and missed time on the mound then. The Cardinals plan is to shut Carpenter down from pitching and strengthen his weak pitching shoulder through exercises and therapy. Surgery will not be needed, there is no structural damage to Carpenter’s shoulder, just weakness. Lance Lynn will take Carpenter’s place in the Cardinals starting pitching rotation.