Cards' Carpenter has unusual surgery keepsake
Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, who had one of his right ribs removed in surgery earlier this season, gave the rib to his 7-year-old daughter, Ava.
The New Hampshire-bred pitcher told Fox Sports Midwest she had asked for a memento of his hospital stay.
';(The rib) is actually in one of my cabinets in my bathroom,'; Carpenter said. ';I';m still trying to figure out what we';re going to do with it. It';s probably smelling really good. It';s in a jar with some of that solution. It was pretty gross, actually.
';My daughter asked me to bring something back from the hospital and she said ';your rib.'; So I brought my rib back. Fortunately the doctor gave it to me and allowed me to take it home.
';I';m sure we';ll do something with it ... Make a necklace or bracelets or something. We haven';t figured that out yet.';
Carpenter is schduled to make his first start of the season Friday against the Chicago Cubs.