Chris Carpenter Placed on the DL

St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI revealed arthritis and an impingement in his right elbow. Limited to one start this season, Carpenter will rest for likely the next two weeks until he is re-examined by team doctors. His condition can sometimes require surgery but may also be taken care of by rest and treatment. The club would obviously prefer the latter.

An impingement happens when a thin layer of membrane lining the elbow gets snagged in the joint. Ouch! The problem is relatively common among athletes and arthroscopic surgery can repair the often painful injury if initial treatment is not successful.

The reigning NL Cy Young winner hasn't pitched since allowing five runs in six innings during a 6-1 loss to the New York Mets in the big league season-opener April 1st. With Carpenter unable to make his previously scheduled start Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, lefty Randy Keisler (who looks like a young Sly Stallone) was called up from AAA Memphis to fill in.

The 30-year-old Keisler signed with the Cards as a free agent during the offseason and had no decisions with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games last season with the Oakland Athletics. He is 4-4 with a 6.82 ERA in 51 games over five major league seasons, including 17 starts.


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