Chris Carpenter hasn’t thrown a pitch this year, but he may get closer to that this week, as Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he could begin throwing off a mound:
“Where I’m at right now compares to where I’m at when I start preparing myself to go to spring training. I’ve been doing everything: strengthening my upper body, running, everything. I feel great.”
Barring setbacks, that “preparing to go to spring training” timeline would have him back in about five weeks. Given the Cardinals’ health these days (i.e. awful) having him back would be a big boost.
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.