MLB notes: Recovery stalls, Carpenter to have surgery

Chris CarpenteAr has been battling a nerve irritation in his neck and shoulder since spring...

Chris CarpenteAr has been battling a nerve irritation in his neck and shoulder since spring training. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

The season is over before it began for St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter, who has been battling a nerve irritation in his neck and shoulder since spring training.

The 37-year-old pitcher is expected to have surgery July 19.

The rare nerve condition, called thoracic outlet syndrome, causes pain and numbness, as well as tingling in the fingers.

Carpenter, who was 11-9 with a 3.45 earned-run average last season, has been throwing of late hoping to play through the discomfort. He has a career record of 144-92 with a 3.76 ERA since arriving in the majors in 1997 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He is in the first year of a two-year, $21-million contract extension.

METS KEEN ON K-ROD

The New York Mets are interested in bringing back former closer Francisco (K-Rod) Rodriguez who, during his first tour of duty with the team, assaulted his father-in-law at Citi Field.

The Mets are aiming to upgrade their bullpen and are targeting the Milwaukee Brewers reliever, the New York Post has reported.

Rodriguez has 292 career saves, including 83 during three seasons with the Mets (2009-11). He is the setup man now for John Axford in Milwaukee.

Rodriguez, who has a 4.11 ERA, is making $8 million this season.

Current Mets closer Frank Francisco is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Rodriguez, 28, pleaded guilty in 2010 to assaulting Carlos Pea, his (now ex) common-law wife's father, outside the Mets family room.

INDIANS HONOUR DOBY

The Cleveland Indians will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Larry Doby's integration into the American League with a street commemoration and on-field ceremony Friday.

In 1947, Doby became the first black player to play in the AL. He played 13 seasons in the AL, retiring in 1959. He died in 2003 at age 79.

The ceremony will take place after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays and will include a video remembrance of Doby and an unveiling of a "Larry Doby Way" street sign. Former teammate Jim (Mudcat) Grant and family members will take part in the festivities.

Larry Doby Jr. and Grant will also participate in an on-field celebration at the ballpark before the game.

BRIEFLY

Chipper Jones has been selected as a replacement for injured Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp on the NL all-star team. The 40-year-old Atlanta Braves third baseman is hitting .291 with six homers and 29 RBI. This will be Jones' eighth all-star appearance ... The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned outfielder Jose Tabata to triple-A Indianapolis, recalling outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the same club. The slumping Tabata, who signed a six-year contract extension last August, is batting .230 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 72 games with the Pirates this season ... Retired pitcher Roger Clemens, whose first trial for perjury ended in a mistrial a year ago before he was ultimately acquitted last month, has been denied a request for legal fees in the mistrial ... The Boston Red Sox have released pitcher Bobby Jenks, 31, who has spent the entire season on the disabled list while recovering from back surgery. He was limited to 19 appearances last season, going 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA, after signing a two-year contract with the team in December 2010 ... Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was held out of the Marlins starting lineup Tuesday because of a sore right knee but he said the injury would not keep him out of the home run derby or all-star game next week ... The Chicago White Sox have released left-handed reliever Will Ohman. The 34-year-old had a 0-2 record this season with a 6.41 ERA ... Brian Fuentes, who was the Oakland A's closer as recently as last month, has been designated for assignment. Given his $5-million salary, it is expected the 36-year-old left-hander will clear waivers. His best season was 2009 when he had 48 saves for the Los Angeles Angels.


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