Chris Carpenter felt “real good” after bullpen session

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Chris Carpenter had shoulder soreness after throwing last week, but the Cardinals right-hander got back on the mound for 25-30 pitches yesterday and reported feeling “real good” following the bullpen session.

Carpenter indicated to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he’s taking things slow in his recovery from shoulder surgery because he’s wary of suffering a major setback that could jeopardize his career at this point, so for now he’ll stick to bullpen sessions.

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether Carpenter would rejoin the Cardinals as starter or a reliever, but he’s still pretty far from that decision actually being necessary.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.