MILWAUKEE -- In the midst of dark days for the Cardinals, a little light crept through the roof at Miller Park on Monday.
Ace Chris Carpenter reported that his right elbow is feeling good following a bullpen session Saturday. He'll throw a simulated game Tuesday, and if that goes well, the club may get serious about reinserting the 2005 Cy Young winner into its rotation. Carpenter hasn't pitched since Opening Day due to bone spurs that caused swelling and discomfort in his throwing elbow.
"There was no reaction," Carpenter said Monday. "I threw 60-some pitches the other day in the 'pen, and it feels good. It feels good today like it did yesterday, so I'm looking forward to playing catch today and having my side tomorrow."
Carpenter threw a bullpen session shortly after he first sustained the injury, and he felt fine as he was throwing. The next day, however, the condition recurred, and he shut it down entirely for two weeks. For him still to be feeling good two days after an extensive throw is very good news for St. Louis.
"He feels great," said manager Tony La Russa. "I think it's [Tuesday] he's going to do a workout against hitters, which is all to the good. Hopefully he keeps passing those tests, and if he does, I'm not going to say when, so don't ask, but we've got a date penciled in where he would return to the rotation. So we'll keep our fingers crossed."