Tuesday was a sad day in Cardinals Nation as St. Louis Cardinals fans learned that Chris Carpenter, the longtime ace of the starting rotation, would miss all of 2013 due to lingering effects in his shoulder. Carpenter's future in baseball is in doubt and he is likely done for his career. The Cardinals were depending on Carpenter in 2013. With Carpenter out, there is now a gaping hole in the starting rotation.
Should the Cardinals pursue the very familiar Kyle Lohse to replace Chris Carpenter in the starting rotation?
Lohse spent the past five seasons with the Cardinals, compiling a 55-35 record, before becoming a free agent this off-season Lohse was offered arbitration by the Cardinals, but he turned down the $13.3 million, one-year offer from the Cardinals. Lohse could be a very adequate, veteran replacement for Carpenter.
But the Cardinals have other options as well. Youngsters Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, and Trevor Rosenthal all figure to be given a look as a starter ...