ST. LOUIS Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is no stranger to surgeries, undergoing numerous procedures on his right elbow and shoulder during his career. But last week's surgery in Dallas was the most unique one yet.
And for the 37-year-old Carpenter, hopefully his final one.
"This is about it," Carpenter said Tuesday. "If this doesn't work, unfortunately I'm going to have to say goodbye, but I don't I will. I think it's going to be fine. I'm excited about it."
Carpenter underwent season-ending neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery on July 19. The procedure, performed by Dr. Greg Pearl, was done to eliminate a nerve issue that he's pitched with in his right shoulder since 2008.
The rare surgery involves removing his top rib and two of the neck muscles that connect to it to allow the nerves to freely travel through the neck and shoulder area and not get pinched.
Carpenter dealt with numbness and tingling sensations in his arm and fingers at different points the past four seasons ...