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Sox’ Carpenter to have elbow surgery

Red Sox pitcher Chris Carpenter, seen here in February, said he will have surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur in his elbow. The team received him from the Cubs as compensation for their hiring of Theo Epstein.

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Red Sox pitcher Chris Carpenter, seen here in February, said he will have surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur in his elbow. The team received him from the Cubs as compensation for their hiring of Theo Epstein.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The player the Red Sox received as compensation for 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.”

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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 say whether the injury pre-dated the Feb. 21 trade with the Cubs or when Carpenter might return.

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