- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2011

FORT MYERS, FLA. (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter has been scratched from his next scheduled start with a balky left hamstring.

Carpenter tweaked his leg during a spring start last Tuesday and felt it again during a throwing session on Sunday, forcing the Cardinals to delay his next outing.

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa is preaching patience when it comes to Carpenter, and he says he isn’t concerned about the right-hander in the long term.

Health has been a problem this spring for St. Louis, which already lost starter Adam Wainwright (right elbow) for the year and will be without utilityman Nick Punto (sports hernia) at the start of the season.

La Russa talked about Carpenter before St. Louis’ 10-4 victory over Minnesota on Monday.


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