St. Louis Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter returns to camp
St. Louis Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter has returned to camp after undergoing tests to assess his injury.
It was previously believed that Carpenter was suffering from a bulging disc, however; it has been determined that it is a nerve ailment. Nevertheless, Carpenter is optimistic that he will return to pitch this season, although no timetable has been given.
“We have to just get my shoulder strong and get it stabilized, so I can get back out there throwing and stay out there,” Carpenter said. “I have to get it strong, and when I get it strong, I’ll be ready to come back.”
Carpenter will be participating in a strength and conditioning program. It is not clear of what this program will consist of and what he will be allowed to do.
Carpenter has previously dealt with nerve issues, which effected his 2004 and 2008 seasons. He again experienced problems in 2010, but on a lesser scale.
General Manager John Mozeliak believes that Carpenter will be taking the mound this season.
“Right now, the whole goal is to get his shoulder strengthened,” Mozeliak said.“We are not going to put any timetable on it yet. We are just going to take it day by day.”
Carpenter has yet to appear in a spring training game and has not faced a hitter since March 3, during batting practice.
Carpenter is a Cy Young Award winning pitcher. Last season he was 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA. He was 4-0 in the postseason and led the Cardinals to victory in Game 7.