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St. Louis Cardinals Medical Staff Needs a Checkup After Furcal, Carpenter Disasters

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COMMENTARY | Everybody makes mistakes.

But the St. Louis Cardinals' medical staff seems to have made about $20 million worth of booboos since the end of last season that are going to seriously impact club's chances in 2013.

The team announced Thursday that shortstop Rafael Furcal will collect his $7 million paycheck while he camps out on the disabled list for the entire season. He'll take up residence next to starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, who announced on the eve of spring training that his pitching shoulder wouldn't allow him to take the mound, while he earns $13 million in the last season of the two-year deal he inked after the 2011 World Series.

The agitating part isn't the bad luck that a couple of important players got hurt. Players get hurt all the time. The problem is that both Furcal and Carpenter were injured in 2012. So the team should have been on top of either making sure that they were going to be healthy this season -- or that the roster was adjusted to compensate as best as possible for their loss.

Apparently, the club had no idea that the shoulder weakness that kept Carpenter out for almost the entire 2012 season was still bothering him until early February. If anyone did know, they did a great job of keeping things quiet. The 2005 Cy Young Award winner claimed in the middle of January that his arm felt great and he was excited about the upcoming season. He appeared on a television news interview the night before the fact that he wouldn't report to spring training was announced, and he said he was ready to go.

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