Cardinals ace to miss Opening Day start

St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter won’t start Opening Day after a setback in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck.


The right-hander returned to St. Louis on Tuesday for tests. He threw live batting practice Sunday but didn’t feel right the next day.

“He looked really good and felt good; the next day he just didn’t respond like we had hoped,” manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday. “His shoulder is just not responding and they’re uncertain of the root of it. That’s what they’re trying to get to with tests on the neck and shoulder and trying to figure out where it’s all coming from.”

Kyle Lohse will start April 4 at Miami in his place.

Righty Lance Lynn, a setup man, will take Carpenter’s spot in the rotation.

METS: Johan Santana pitched six innings in his longest outing of spring training in New York’s 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Santana, coming off shoulder surgery, allowed a run on six hits.

ROYALS: Closer Joakim Soria will take a few days to consider his options after receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury.

Soria has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

After leaving Sunday’s game with pain in the elbow, Soria was examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles.

ATHLETICS: Third baseman Scott Sizemore underwent surgery on his left knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The team said the surgery was performed Wednesday by Dr. Douglas Freedberg in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sizemore will miss the entire season after getting hurt during the A’s first full-squad workout Feb. 27 in Phoenix.