The news of Chris Carpenter's recurring shoulder problem which will likely sideline him for the entire 2013 season, is disappointing, but not altogether surprising. In retrospect, it seems the tremendous postseason effort Carp exerted in 2011 to help the Cardinals to that improbable World Series championship, was more than his shoulder could bear.
It seems as though the team that free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse walked away from at the end of the 2012 season may now be the team that would provide the best fit for the 34-year old right-hander. It remains to be seen whether the two sides can negotiate a reasonable contract that would be a "win-win" for both parties.
However, Lohse remains unsigned and the Cardinals are in obvious need to fill a major void in the rotation. This may very well be a free agent signing that is suddenly in the cards for St Louis. You heard it here first. Or second. Or third.