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Carpenter to have season-ending surgery

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Carpenter to have season-ending surgery

By Danny MoranCSNChicago.com
For the St. Louis Cardinals, it will be another full season without one of their aces.
According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Chris Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery in the near future, putting an end to any hope that the three-time All-Star will make a late-season return.
Carpenter, 37, has missed all of the 2012 season so far with Thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition leading to pain in the neck and shoulder. It also causes numbness and tingling in the fingers, leading to a weak grip.
The 2005 National League Cy Young winner missed virtually all of the 2007 and 2008 seasons while recovering from Tommy Johnsurgerybut he has consistently been one of the best pitchers in baseball since returning to the rotation full-time in 2009. He also missed the 2003 season as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays with a shoulder injury.
Adam Wainwright missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in February. Wainwright had finished in the top three of National League Cy Young Award voting in 2009 and 2010 but is only 6-8 with a 4.75 ERA since returning this season.
Without Wainright, the Cardinals still managed to defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series in seven games. However, Carpenter was the winning pitcher in both Games 1 and 7. The Cardinals are currently in 3rd place in the NL Central, 2.5 games behind the division-leading Cincinnati Reds.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

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Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.

One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:

Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.

The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.