Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter tossed a 75-pitch bullpen this afternoon and came away feeling “strong”. The right-hander missed most of the 2012 season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder and was expected to miss all of 2013 with shoulder, neck, and arm issues.
GM John Mozeliak told the media recently, though, that Carpenter could return to the team as a member of the bullpen. The 38-year-old’s continued progress has him inching ever closer to a summer return, which is welcome news for the Cardinals as they watched closer Jason Motte undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
What’s next is more bullpen sessions for Carpenter, who said he would have a better idea at the end of the Cardinals’ current homestand as to when he’ll get in games. He said Friday’s session was his fourth or fifth time in the bullpen, and he’s felt no pain and no numbness.
“I’m going to continue to throw bullpens,” he said. “Just continue to get some work up there, continue to put some stress on my arm and see what happens. I’ve had no problems, no issues, no setbacks so far, and my arm feels strong. I’m feeling good about it. I’ll continue to do it.”