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Chris Carpenter to undergo season-ending surgery

Chris Carpenter was starting to think his career might be over. Instead, the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher hopes he's just looking at another lengthy interruption.The 2005 NL Cy Young winner will undergo season-ending surgery later this month to repair a nerve issue in his shoulder that has sidelined him since spring training.The 37-year-old Carpenter has been told the surgery to relieve compressed nerves in the shoulder could allow him to resume his career, although there are no guarantees. The procedure involves removing the first rib and connecting muscles, and cleaning out scar tissue."I want to pitch again, and this is the way for me to pitch again," Carpenter said Tuesday before the Cardinals played the Rockies.Carpenter heard what he wanted to hear from the surgeon, Dr. Gregory Pearl of Dallas. He didn't ask the doctor to give him odds of success."I asked him one simple question. I'm 37 years old, I've had a nice career, is this worth getting this done?" Carpenter said."There's no...

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