General manager John Mozeliak had been wanting a decision on whether Chris Carpenter was going to be able to pitch soon, a decision that would govern how aggressive Mozeliak would have to be in the trade market.
That decision was made Tuesday. Carpenter, who hasn't pitched at all this season because of shoulder weakness attributable to a lingering nerve-related problem, has decided to have surgery, which will end his season.
The surgery to alleviate Carpenter's
thoracic outlet syndrome will be performed on July 19 in
"I want to pitch again," Carpenter said. "This is the only thing that's going to give me a chance to do that."
Carpenter opted to seek the procedure sooner than later in order to increase his chances of returning next February.
"I'm past the woe-is-me part," Carpenter said. "That was the last few days when we finally made the decision. I'm past that. I'm ready to work. I'm excited about the outcome."
And Mozeliak indicated this outcome would broaden his search for both starting and relief help. "Two or three weeks ago we were much more optimistic and thought there was a chance (Carpenter) would pitch again this year," Mozeliak said. "But ... it was clear that if he was going to pitch it was going to be a painful experience for him."
It was also a painful experience for the Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. Red-hot left fielder Matt Holliday, 30 for his last 60, hit a two-run homer in the first inning, but that was it as the Cardinals lost to the Colorado Rockies, 3-2.
"This was one where we certainly could have walked away with a win," said manager Mike Matheny. "We've had quite a few of those. They're hard to swallow."
LF Matt Holliday homered and singled in his first two at-bats and finished the night 2-for-4, giving him 30 hits in his last 60 at-bats since June 16. Holliday, said manager Mike Matheny, had been hitting like this before the last three weeks but had been hitting in hard luck. "He quietly really has locked himself in," said Matheny.
RHP Joe Kelly, a rookie, gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. All three runs came on one swing by Colorado CF Tyler Colvin, who hit an 0-2 changeup for a three-run homer in the third inning. "It was not necessarily a bad pitch," said manager Mike Matheny, who sanctioned the pitch choice. "The count was right." Kelly's record dropped to 1-1. He said the changeup was the pitch he wanted but the location was "terrible." It should have been in the dirt, said Kelly.
C Yadier Molina's rare throwing error preceded Rockies CF Tyler Colvin's three-run homer in the third inning. Molina pounced on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Colorado LHP Jeff Francis but threw high to second base. "I want him being aggressive," said manager Mike Matheny. "That's the right play to make. He makes that play almost all the time. The ball just sailed on him."
RHP Fernando Salas threw two scoreless innings of relief and rookie LHP Barret Browning worked his third perfect inning since coming up from Class AAA Memphis. Salas, who had struggled much of the season, especially impressed manager Mike Matheny. "Fernando needed that little bit of confidence," said Matheny.
RF Carlos Beltran's streak of games in which he had driven in at least one run ended at nine, and the Cardinals' record in one-run games dropped to 8-13. "We have to do better than that," Beltran said. "There's no doubt about it."
By the Numbers:
42-39 - Cardinals' record at the midway point of the season, one game off their pace of last year, when they won the World Series.
Quote to Note:
"Nobody wants to have a losing one-run game record."
- Manager Mike Matheny. The Cardinals are 8-13 in one-run verdicts.
LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. After further examination, it was determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff. He's scheduled to throw again July 3 but is out until at least mid-August.
1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He took batting practice July 2, and he hopes to return to the Cardinals on July 13.
RHP Kyle McClellan (strained right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He won't need surgery but likely will be sidelined until at least late July. He's scheduled to throw again July 3.
RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He threw to hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27. On June 28, he was told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled. On July 3, the Cardinals announced that Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery July 19 and will be out until February.
Link to related article: "Cardinals ace Carpenter done for season"
Link to boxscore: Colorado 3 at St. Louis 2