Chris Carpenter threw a 95-pitch simulated game on Saturday. It went well and now he’s slated to return. The Cardinals announced that he’ll make the start on Friday against the Cubs.
He’ll make two regular season starts if everyone stays on schedule. And because he was on the DL on September 1, he can be eligible for the playoffs.
The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.
Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.