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Chris Carpenter out of opener

Updated: March 21, 2012, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter won't start Opening Day after a setback in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck.

The right-hander returned to St. Louis on Tuesday for tests. He threw live batting practice Sunday but didn't feel right the next day.

"He looked really good and felt good; the next day he just didn't respond like we had hoped," manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday. "His shoulder is just not responding and they're uncertain of the root of it. That's ...

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