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Ex-Cub Chris Carpenter needs elbow surgery

Updated: May 1, 2012 8:25AM

MESA, Ariz. — No word yet on whether the Boston Red Sox plan to contest the key player they received as compensation for Theo Epstein after it was determined this week that pitcher Chris Carpenter needs elbow surgery.

‘‘It’s certainly something we had no knowledge of,’’ Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday. ‘‘I don’t think he’d had any elbow issues the last two years whatsoever. It was unexpected, unfortunate and something we’re discussing.’’

Something being discussed with the Red Sox?

‘‘No,’’ Hoyer said. ‘‘We just found out about that. In any trade, you want both sides to feel good. Obviously, that’s not a great thing to happen, both for Chris or the Red Sox. It was something we just learned about, and we’re looking into it. But I wouldn’t read anything into that.’’

Meanwhile, the teams announced they completed what had been a long, contentious process when the Red Sox sent first-base prospect Jair Bogaerts, 19, to the Cubs. The Cubs already had sent pitching prospect Aaron Kurcz to the Red Sox in what amounted to a procedural exchange.

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