Carpenter to have surgery on Thursday

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The player the Red Sox received as compensation for former general manager Theo Epstein, righthanded reliever Chris Carpenter, is having elbow surgery on Thursday.

“Headed into surgery tomorrow with Dr Andrews to remove a bone spur in my elbow,” Carpenter wrote on his Twitter account. “Stayin positive and prepared to work harder than ever to come back as soon as I can this season.”

Carpenter, 26, has appeared in only two major league spring training games and was not a candidate for the Opening Day roster.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed that Carpenter is having surgery. But he would not comment on whether the injury pre-dated the Feb. 21 trade with the Cubs or when Carpenter might return.

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In October, Epstein quit the Red Sox with a year remaining on his contract. The Red Sox were guaranteed “significant compensation” from the Cubs. Epstein was allowed to join the Cubs as their president of baseball operations before the compensation was negotiated.

Four months later, the Cubs sent Carpenter and a player to be named later to the Red Sox for a player to be named later. That deal was announced as satisfying the compensation.

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