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Mozeliak: Penny could be out until the All-Star Break.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that starting pitcher Brad Penny isn't expected back before July -- and he may be out until the All-Star Break thanks to a lat injury that has already sidelined him for more than two weeks.

That's bad news for a club that is counting on battered former Milwaukee pitcher Jeff Suppan to fill one of the two rotation holes created when Penny and fellow St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse went down to injury. The other slot has been filled by a trio of young pitchers, none of which has done very well at all.

On the bright side, I suppse, Mozeliak said Lohse may be back sooner than people expected. Lohse had surgery to relieve pressure on his forearm muscle that consisted of splitting the muscle sheath that surrounds it. Mozeliak pointed out that none of the muscles, ligaments or tendons in the arm were touched during the surgery, so Lohse ought to be relatively quick to recover from the procedure.