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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.