Chris Carpenter will meet today with Cardinals medical supervisor Dr. George Paletta after throwing 30 pitches from a bullpen mound Sunday, his first such session since undergoing May 9 elbow surgery for removal of bone spurs.
All parties described Sunday’s session as an encouraging step. Carpenter will discuss the elbow’s reaction to the session with Paletta today.
Carpenter said shortly afterward that he experienced no discomfort while throwing to head trainer Barry Weinberg in the outfield or to a catcher off the mound.
"I’m happy with the way I felt. I moved the ball around a little bit. So we’ll just see how it goes tomorrow," Carpenter said.
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It is early in the process (there could be a setback); however, reports indicate he is ahead of schedule. In my league, I grabbed him (he was available) and stashed him on my DL. Needless to say, he could be a difference maker if your team is in a "tight pennant race" in your league late in the season.