Chris Carpenter, the more valuable of the two pitchers the Red Sox got from the Cubs as compensation for exiting GM Theo Epstein, will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow and miss a chunk of the season.
The Red Sox almost surely gave Carpenter a physical upon acquiring him on Feb. 21, but given that this was hardly a normal deal by MLB standards, one wonders if the Theo compensation saga might be back on. Carpenter was picked by the league as compensation, not agreed to by the two teams.
On the other hand, if this is just a bone spur, then it’s probably not too big of a deal. Carpenter will likely miss a couple of months, but the Red Sox weren’t looking at him as short-term help anyway. He was slated to begin the season in the bullpen at Triple-A Pawtucket.