ST. LOUIS Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter has elected to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a nerve issue in his shoulder that he's pitched with since 2008.
Carpenter and the Cardinals came to the difficult decision after symptoms returned following a pair of throws the past week. He will have the surgery on July 19 and hopes to be ready to pitch by the beginning of spring training next year.
The right-hander, who was recently diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, has yet to appear in a game this season since being shut down in spring training.
"It was a tough decision, no question about it," Carpenter said. "But I did everything I could to see if I could get back. Personally it's a good thing because it's got answers. I went down and saw Dr. Pearl on Thursday and he really believes that he can fix all these issues that I've been dealing with since 08. Hopefully it's a fact.
"I still want to pitch again and this is going to be the way for me to pitch again. We've tri...