Chris Carpenter Scratched From Start

The world champion St. Louis Cardinals' already unstable rotation has taken another hit with ace Chris Carpenter missing at least his next start with right elbow inflammation.

After the club's season opening loss to the New York Mets, he felt tightness in his elbow, which turned to swelling the following morning. Carpenter was set to start Friday against the Houston Astros but will skip the game as a precautionary measure and will get checked out over the next few days.

The Cards lost starters Jeff Suppan, Jeff Weaver and Jason Marquis as free agents in the offseason and replaced them in the starting five with relievers Adam Wainwright and Braden Looper along with free agent Kip Wells, who was out with injuries most of last season. Righty Anthony Reyes rounds out the rotation.

As the 2005 Cy Young winner, Carpenter went 15-8 with a 3.09 ERA in 32 starts last season.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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