The Theo Epstein Compensation Issue Might Not Be Over

The Boston Herald reported Thursday night that the Red Sox are “puzzled by the timing of the injury and subsequent surgery on the right elbow of reliever Chris Carpenter” the main piece Boston received as compensation for letting Theo Epstein out of the final year of his contract.

According to the Herald’s sources, the Red Sox do not consider the talks to be officially over and they are weighing their options about what to do next.

The long, drawn-out talks between the Cubs and Red Sox over compensation for Theo Epstein appeared to be over Thursday when the Cubs announced they had received 19-year old first baseman Jair Bogaerts as the player to be named later from Boston. The Cubs sent their part of the player swap, Aaron Kurcz, to the Red Sox on March 15.

Ben Cherington and Theo Epstein have declined to comment on the situation.

Chris Carpenter had surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow Thursday and he said the surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, went great.

Chris Carpenter passed the Cubs entrance physical and his medicals passed the Red Sox’s medical review. Carpenter also passed Boston’s entrance physical as well according to the Boston Herald.

The Herald reported it is unclear when Chris Carpenter will be able to throw again and if he will be able to pitch this season.

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