This was expected. This should not be a surprise to anyone, especially the Cardinals. I'm not trying to minimize Carpenter's importance to this team, on the mound and in the clubhouse. I'm not trying to shrug this off as no big deal. Personally, I respect Carpenter as much as any athlete I've ever covered. But as for how Carpenter's loss will impact the 2012 season, let's be blunt about this: it's like the old saying, "You can't lose what you don't have." It was naive to realistically expect Carpenter to pitch in 2012. He was making progress for a while, and the Cardinals and the pitcher were hopeful. But the Cardinals and Carpenter stayed grounded, knowing the nerve could flare up and ruin the comeback quest. Carpenter is 37, and he's been decked by this issue before. It happened again.