Chris Carpenter hoping to throw off a mound this week

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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.