Carpenter struggles in rehab stint - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Carpenter struggles in rehab stint

St. Louis is hoping they'll be able to add former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter to their pitching rotation this season, but that move could still be a ways away.

  Carpenter pitched his second rehab start Saturday night for the Memphis Redbirds, going 74 pitches for the baby birds.

  The right hander hasn't played all season, sidelined by a nerve injury that causes numbness and tingling on the right side of his body.

  Carp's first start in Springfield Monday was encouraging, but a different story last night, 9 hits, and 4 runs over 3 and a third innings.

  Afterwards the 38-year old said he didn't do anything particularly well in the outing...his fastball had no zip, and his off speed stuff wasn't making anyone miss.

 He says he still has a long way to go before he's ready to make his return to the majors, and made it clear, he won't try to come back if it won't benefit the team.

Carpenter says he'll discuss the outing with St. Louis brass.

He could be back in Memphis Thursday for another go.

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