Update [2007-4-11 11:47:0 by SilentBob]: Paletta weighs in. Per Matthew Leach: Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' head team physician, clarified Chris Carpenter's diagnosis on Tuesday and professed optimism about the right-hander's rehabilitation from a right elbow injury. The Cardinals issued a brief release on Monday describing Carpenter's condition as "moderate arthritis and a mild impingement" in his elbow. Paletta explained that the impingement resulted from bone spurs in Carpenter's elbow, and said that the impingement is a more significant issue than the arthritis. "They are working in tandem," Paletta said by cell phone from St. Louis, "but I think the more significant problem is the spurs -- that's what's really causing impingement in the back of his elbow." Check Liam's links below for details. [end update] Carp's elbow is essentially fine, but this could be a drawn-out process - Rest/rehab/NSAIDs/rehab starts, etc. They aren't just going to go and cut on his elbow because of some arthritis. Surgery will be the last choice.