FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox had complete access to Chris Carpenter's medical records, and the pitcher had passed both his Cubs physical and also his Red Sox physical after he was dealt to the Red Sox as compensation for Theo Epstein, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The Red Sox will likely not receive a different player from the Cubs because everything was up front and out in the open. It was an unfortunate set of circumstances, and certainly bad timing, that Carpenter got hurt with the Red Sox and must have bone spurs removed.
The Red Sox were well aware of Carpenter's past elbow problems, but he was over them and throwing the ball quite well.
When he was traded by the Cubs, he had participated in all of their workouts and was throwing well. Of the eligible names the Red Sox had to chose from, Carpenter was the pitcher Sox GM Ben Cherington wanted because they had scouted him at Kent State and liked him then.
In some of Carpenter's early outings, Carpenter had major control issues, but that's been his history.