April 16, 2009

MRI reveal Carpenter's woes

Dr. George Paletta. the St. Louis Cardinals team physician, evaluated injured Cards' starter Chris Carpenter Thursday.

Carpenter had an MRI, which revealed a tear of the left oblique muscle. This is the rib cage area.

Carpenter sustained the injury in a recent game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, during an at-bat. He will be re-evaluated next week to determine if he can begin rehabilitation.

Such an injury makes it difficult to determine a recovery time. The norm is four weeks, but it can take as long as eight weeks to recover. No doubt, the Cardinals will take it slow and use every precaution.

This type of injury is commonly one which allows recovery.

If the rehabilitation/recovery period does last for two months, Carpenter would see a return to action in mid-June.