Carpenter headed to DL

by Ryan Dodson on May 29, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT


St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is headed back to the disabled list after a dominant and injury-free 2005 campaign. Carpenter has been suffering from inflammation between a bursa sac and his rib cage under his right shoulder blade for a couple of weeks and was forced to miss a start.

The move will be retroactive to May 20, which means he could only miss one start. Phenom Anthony Reyes will come up from Triple-A Tuesday to take Carpenter's start against the Houston Astros in St. Louis.

Reyes made a start last earlier in May for injured SP Sidney Ponson and pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He got the win after allowing four hits and one walk with one strikeout. Last season, Reyes went 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four games overall and one start and has looked great in the limited opportunities he's received. He's 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 48 Ks in 52 1/3 innings in eight starts at Triple-A this season.

From a fantasy perspective, definitely hold on to Carpenter and pick up Reyes as insurance. The Cardinals will be very cautious with Carpenter, especially since he has a history of shoulder injuries. Reyes is good for a spot start against a struggling Astros team Tuesday.

He would make a great long-term option if Carpenter remains out. Other options include Colorado Rockies SP Jeff Francis, San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain and Toronto Blue Jays SP Ted Lilly make good options to fill in for Carpenter. Also keep an eye on Pittsburgh Pirates SP Oliver Perez and Washington Nationals SP Livan Hernandez, who have had awful seasons but pitched extremely well in their last starts.

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