Nerve weakness in shoulder sidelines Cardinals' Carpenter

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Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace will be sidelined indefinitely.

The Cardinals say there is no new nerve injury and the cervical disc injury that occurred earlier in spring training is a “non-issue.”

The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner is expected back in camp by Monday, but there is no timetable for his return to the mound.

Carpenter, who turns 37 in April, pitched the Cardinals to World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. The right-hander was 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA last year, leading the NL in innings (237⅓) and starts (34).

YANKEES: Reliever Joba Chamberlain had surgery after dislocating his right ankle while with his son at a play area. There is no timetable for his return.

General manager Brian Cashman said that bone had broken through the skin and Chamberlain had surgery Thursday night. He will be hospitalized for at least a few days.

RED SOX: Authorities say Boston relief pitcher Bobby Jenks was arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

The Lee County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office says a deputy saw Jenks’ SUV driving erratically early Friday in Fort Myers. Jenks has been released on bail.

An arrest report says Jenks told the deputy he had taken “too many muscle relaxers.” The deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking.

ROYALS: Closer Joakim Soria will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss the season.

The surgery is scheduled for April 3.

FRONT OFFICE: Joe Torre has returned to the job as the league’s executive vice president for baseball operations less than three months after he resigned the post to join a group trying to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Torre joined MLB in February 2011 as a top aide to Bud Selig.


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