Chris Carpenter has bulging disk

Updated: March 13, 2012, 3:47 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals are preparing a "Plan B" in case former Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter is unable to recover from a bulging disk in his neck.

Carpenter left Friday's practice with a stiff neck. He was scheduled to pitch one of Monday's split-squad games, but the Cardinals decided to send Jaime Garcia to the mound against Atlanta and start rookie Shelby Miller, a former No. 1 pick, against Washington.

Carpenter, who turns 37 next month, has yet ...

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