"I think Doc's great," Carpenter said. "I respect him very much. I had the option to go see anybody I wanted to go see, and I chose Paletta to do it because I trust him. I respect him. I think he's a great surgeon. To be honest with you, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him. He's the one who fixed my shoulder [in 2003]."
The 2005 Cy Young winner said he expects the typical 12-month rehabilitation period to hold for him. He intends to pitch in the second half of the 2008 season.
"I obviously was disappointed and frustrated and upset for a few days," he said. "It wasn't what I was expecting. It wasn't the news that I was hoping for. But I'm a strong man and I'm going to be able to deal with it. I dealt with it for a few days, and me and my wife and family dealt with it, and we moved on.
"This is what happens in this game. I will be ready to go mentally and ready to go physically as hard as I can go as soon as they let me. I'm going to do everything I can to get back as quickly as possible and pitch in '08."
Johnson making progress: Tyler Johnson (left biceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session on Thursday, his second since going on the disabled list, and the Cardinals are optimistic about how the left-hander is coming along. It's possible that the next time Johnson throws, it will be either a simulated inning or a rehabilitation assignment.
Manager Tony La Russa said that simulated action might be enough for Johnson, rather than sending him out on a Minor League assignment.
"I think it's at least something that you would consider," La Russa said. "He's going to throw to hitters. But whether it has to be in a game or not [is uncertain]."
Johnson has been pleased with how he has felt. He's looking for command, above all else, as the indicator that he's ready to pitch in games.
"[The key is whether] I can locate a pitch -- if my slider is there and my fastball is there and I'm not missing too much from what I had," Johnson said
"I feel like I'm ready to go. We're being cautious and all that stuff just to make sure I don't end up going right back on the DL after one outing."
This date in Cardinals history: On July 26, 1964, the Cardinals' surge to the top of the National League really gained some traction. St. Louis swept a doubleheader from the first-place Phillies, 6-1 and 4-1, pulling within seven games. Curt Flood had five RBIs on the day, and Bill White had five hits. Thanks to Project Retrosheet for the information.
Baby 'Birds: Rick Ankiel went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Triple-A Memphis, leading the Redbirds to a 4-2 win over Sacramento on Wednesday. ... Bryan Anderson singled, doubled and drew two walks as part of a team-wide offensive outburst, but Double-A Springfield lost to Arkansas, 13-8, on Wednesday. ... Class A Palm Beach dropped a doubleheader Wednesday against Daytona, 5-2 and 6-3. A.J. Van Slyke was 4-for-6 on the day. ... Class A Quad Cities was off Wednesday.
Jess Todd pitched brilliantly for short-season Batavia on Wednesday, getting the win for three dominating innings of relief. Todd allowed three hits and two walks, but struck out seven and didn't allow a run. ... Rookie-level Johnson City rallied for two runs in the ninth to force extra innings, but lost to Greeneville, 6-5, in 14 frames on Wednesday. Dognnt Bolivar went 3-for-6.
On a big day for the Springfield offense, player of the day honors go to leadoff man Sean Danielson. The outfielder went 3-for-6 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Danielson, 24, signed with the Cardinals organization as a non-drafted free agent in 2005.
Coming up: The first-place Brewers come to Busch Stadium for a four-game, three-day series starting on Friday. Mike Maroth will pitch the series opener for St. Louis against Claudio Vargas, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. CT.