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Carpenter has tear in oblique muscle

Updated: April 17, 2009, 11:49 PM ET
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CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Cardinals expect Chris Carpenter to miss four to eight weeks after an MRI on Thursday confirmed the right-hander has a tear of the left oblique muscle.

Carpenter received an injection and his condition will be re-evaluated next week.

"It just confirmed our initial read," general manager John Mozeliak said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You certainly would have preferred it find nothing. But given his level of pain [Tuesday], this is what ...

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