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Carpenter denies any pre-existing injury

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 31, 2012 12:58 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Righthander Chris Carpenter said there was no indication he had a bone spur in his elbow before the Cubs traded him to the Red Sox in March as compensation for general manager Theo Epstein.

"I felt great coming into spring training," Carpenter said. "I felt really good. Just after the last outing, it kind if flared up a little bit. I told them and got an MRI and they looked at it and saw three big bone spurs.

"It hasn't bothered me. I felt really good coming in here and I was excited for the season. It's just kind of unfortunate this happened right now."

Carpenter has surgery in Pensacola, Fla., on Thursday to remove the one spur that was causing him discomfort in the back of his elbow. Dr. James Andrews told Carpenter that the surgery went better than expected and that he could return to throwing earlier than expected 6-8 weeks.

Carpenter said that until he saw the MRI, he had no idea he has any bone spurs. He said he had a "great offseason" of workouts at the Cubs complex.

"I think everyone is surprised," he said.

Major League sources told the Globe's Nick Cafardo earlier this week that the Red Sox had complete access to Carpenter's medical records before the trade was made. Based on that and Carpenter's comments today, it would seem the Red Sox have little recourse to have the compensation changed.

Carpenter had Tommy John surgery in 2005. He had a second surgery in 2006 to clean out scar tissue.

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