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Former Cub Carpenter to have surgery

Former Cubs reliever Chris Carpenter, who went to Boston as compensation for Theo Epstein, will have surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow and is expected to miss significant time.

The righty passed physicals performed by both the Cubs and the Red Sox, so it isn’t likely the Cubs will have to surrender anyone else in the deal.

Carpenter had thrown just 1.2 innings this spring. Last season, he pitched in 10 games of relief for the Cubs, compiling a 2.79 ERA.

The surgery will be conducted by Dr. James Andrews.

Cubs send reliever Carpenter to Red Sox

After months of back-and-forth, the Theo Epstein compensation issue has finally been settled with the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago Cubs today assigned right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter and a player to be named to the Red Sox for a player to be named.

“I am relieved that this process is over and particularly pleased that the teams were able to reach agreement on their own without intervention from MLB,” Epstein said. “I truly hope and believe that this resolution will benefit both clubs, as well as Chris, who is an extremely talented reliever joining a great organization at a time when there’s some opportunity in the major league bullpen.”

Last season, Carpenter combined to make 42 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee, Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs, his first major league action. The 26-year-old right-hander spent most of his time with Iowa, going 2-3 with one save and a 6.53 ERA (22 ER/30.1 IP) in 22 relief outings. Carpenter posted no record and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) in 10 relief outings in the majors.

The Red Sox and Cubs have been locked in a disagreement over the Epstein compensation package for months, ever since he left the Red Sox shortly after the end of the 2011 season to become the Cubs president of baseball operations. The Red Sox initially asked for some of the Cubs’ top major and minor league talent, including pitcher Matt Garza and outfielder Brett Jackson.

“More than anything, I’m excited that we can all move forward and focus exclusively on getting ready for the season,” Epstein said. “I wish Chris and the Red Sox nothing but the best in 2012 and beyond.”

August 2011 Vine Line sneak peek

August 2011 Vine Line cover

Featuring the Cubs’ veteran left fielder, the August issue of Vine Line remembers Fergie Jenkins’ Cy Young season and  gives an insider’s look to the Yankees series at Wrigley.

  • Play it Forward: Alfonso Soriano has taken Cubs prospects under his wing.
  • Total Domination: Ferguson Jenkins‘ Cy Young season still impresses 40 years later.
  • The Profile: Chris Carpenter.
  • Glory Days: 9 innings with Jose Cardenal.
  • Stretching Out with Joel McHale.
  • Farm Report: No rest for the minor league All-Stars.
  • Minor league notebooks and more.

Get your insider’s pass to Wrigley Field today at cubs.com/vineline.

Get to know: Chris Carpenter

Photo by David Durochik.

Though Chris Carpenter has only been in the big leagues for a couple weeks, he’s already making a name for himself at Wrigley Field with a fastball that has been clocked at an astounding 100 mph. As high-paced as his fastball may be, the 6-foot-4 reliever doesn’t currently consider that his best pitch.

“Right now, probably my breaking ball,” Carpenter said on what his out-pitch would be. “But I don’t want to be labeled as a guy that throws just one pitch to get somebody out.”

Carpenter’s breaking ball is not what it used to be, either. It’s gotten better.

“It’s been developed, it’s been broken down, it’s been changed,” said Carpenter, who had his pitch refined by coaches in both Tennessee and Iowa. “Last year was a bigger breaking ball, and this year it’s more of a slider.” (more…)

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