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Cardinals likely to have competition on the pitching market

Just when it appears the Cardinals might need to make a trade for some pitching help, it's beginning to look like a sellers' market.

The Yankees lost two starting pitchers this week. Andy Pettitte is expected to miss a month and a half after a batted ball broke his ankle. Then there is the matter of ace C.C. Sabathia going on the disabled list thanks to a groin injury. While Sabathia is only expected to miss two starts, losing two pitchers members of the starting rotation in such short order has to make the New York front office nervous.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are five games out of the NL West race, trying to keep pace with the Giants and the Dodgers. But they'll have to do so without Daniel Hudson who discovered Wednesday that he has a torn ligament in his elbow. Hudson won 16 games last year and had a 3.49 ERA in 222 innings pitched. So it looks like Arizona will be fishing off the starting pitching pier.

On the bright side, the Cardinals broadcast team reported Wednesday night that injured ace Chris Carpenter threw earlier in the day and said his arm felt much better than it did on Monday when he had to abandon plans to test his arm because of shoulder weakness.

Carpenter is headed to Dallas, according to the team, where he will meet with a nerve specialist who will try to cure -- or at least minimize the weakness he suffers in the days after a throwing session.

Hopefully, Carpenter will suddenly come around and pitch like he did in the second half last season in the second half this season.

But, even if he does, the Cardinals likely still need to add a starter to their stable to offer some insurance. Jaime Garcia is out indefinitely with shoulder trouble, Adam Wainwright is in his comeback season after Tommy John surgery. A lot of times Tommy John guys hit the wall at 150 or 160 innings in their first season back. And Wainwright is currently sitting on 91 2/3 frames. Lance Lynn has also seemed a bit gassed lately.

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