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Another Cards ace injured, but it’s minor this time

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JUPITER, Fla. » The St. Louis Cardinals had two aces when they arrived at spring training. Now, both are hurt.

Chris Carpenter left the Cardinals’ 7-1 victory over the Florida Marlins in the third inning yesterday after feeling a "twinge" in his left hamstring. The injury came one day after fellow All-Star Adam Wainwright had season-ending elbow surgery.

Carpenter was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring, but said the problem isn’t serious.

"They don’t think it’s very bad, so I’m not concerned with it," said Carpenter, who left the clubhouse with his upper left leg wrapped in ice. "We’ll wait and see tomorrow. I’m sure they will know more, but what they say is, it doesn’t seem like it’s very bad."

Garret Anderson retires

Garret Anderson is retiring after 17 seasons in baseball, almost all of them with the Anaheim Angels.

"It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire from baseball," the 38-year-old outfielder said yesterday in a news release. "It was truly a privilege to play this wonderful game and for that I want to thank several individuals."

Anderson collected more than 2,500 hits, a career batting average of .293, 287 homers and won a World Series title in 2002.

Indians, Johnson dealing

Oft-injured former Yankee Nick Johnson is close to a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians.

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