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Carpenter To Have Tommy John Surgery

ST Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter who helped lead his team to a World Series championship last year, will undergo Tommy John surgery next week the Cardinals announced on Thursday. Carpenter pitched only once this year giving up five runs in six frames as the RedBirds lost to the Mets on Opening Day. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure in early May to get rid of bone chips in his elbow, but when he tried a rehab start he got swelling and stiffness in the elbow. Tommy John surgery is transplanting a ligament into the elbow, named for the former MLB pitcher who was the first Major League pitcher to have the procedure done. John's career took on a second life after the comeback from the surgery. It usually takes about 18 months for a pitcher to be somewhat effective after the procedure, though recovery times can vary greatly.

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