Theo Epstein compensation Chris Carpenter set for elbow surgery

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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.

The Yankees and Red Sox will both be wearing home whites for the London Series

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This summer’s series between the Yankees and Red Sox in London is, technically, a home series for the Red Sox, with the Yankees serving as the visitors. Pete Abraham reports that Major League Baseball is dispensing with the usual sartorial formalities, however, and will have both teams wearing their home livery: the Red Sox will wear white and the Yankees will wear pinstripes.

It’s marketing more than anything, as you can’t really put your league’s marquee franchise on an international stage and not have it wearing its iconic duds, right?

It’s also pretty harmless if you ask me. Baseball is not like football or basketball in which you have to have contrasting uniforms in order to keep one side from accidentally throwing the ball to the opposition or what have you. And with so many teams wearing solid color alternates now — sometimes both the home and road team are in blue or red jerseys in the same game — it’s not like there hasn’t already been a breakdown in home white/road gray orthodoxy. I prefer the classics, but I lost that battle a long time ago.

So: I say let a thousand colors fly. Heck, let the Yankees wear their pinstripes on the road all the time. Who’ll stop ’em?