If the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter wins the Cy Young Award, the trophy should be enshrined in the Mayo Clinic.
The 34-year-old pitcher with the diving fastball and nasty cutter has had labrum surgery, Tommy John surgery and two nerve surgeries on his right arm. That's a lot of rehabbing.
"If you're going to sit there and concern yourself and cry every day about where you're at and what's going on, you're never going to make it," Carpenter said on Yahoo! Sports. "You deal with injuries and you move on. What other choice is there?"
Carpenter, who hasn't lost since June 30, is 10-0 in his last 12 starts with a 2.33 ERA. Overall, he is 15-3 with a 2.28 ERA. He's allowed just seven home runs in 1572/3 innings. He's given up more than three runs just twice in 23 starts. The previous two seasons, Carpenter pitched in only five games because of injuries. Rarely have comebacks been so impressive.
Their rash of injuries to key players notwithstanding, the Mets' future looks bleak.
That's the assessment of several baseball people who were contacted by Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.
Here's a sampling of their assessments:
"You look at their team and think, 'What does the next three or four years hold?' And it's not real pretty," an AL executive said.
"There's no quick fix out there for them," an NL executive said. "They've got to rebuild half the team on the field and the whole damn [starting] pitching staff."
And this from a longtime NL scout: "They've got a lot of players people don't want, guys who are making a lot of money, and they're overpaid. And there's not a whole lot in their system. So unless they outspend their mistakes, they've put themselves in a hole for maybe the next six, eight years."
Can't you just feel the sympathy from the fans around here?
It turns out the Mets' David Wright didn't abandon the over-sized protective helmet he wore earlier in the week after he returned from a concussion because of its appearance or teammates' teasing.
He said the darned thing just didn't fit right.
"It's just not comfortable," Wright said in the New York Post.
Cubs leftfielder Alfonso Soriano is out indefinitely with a sore left knee. . . . The Nationals activated catcher Jesus Flores from the 15-day disabled list and will use him as a pinch-hitter while he continues to strengthen his injured right shoulder. . . . Braves outfielder Nate McLouth is back in uniform after missing 17 games with a strained left hamstring.