On Saturday Chris Carpenter came back to action for the first time since last season. Carpenter started for the Cards against the Washington Nationals. Saturday's game was a home game for the Cardinals and was played in Jupiter, Florida.
Carpenter downplayed the situation of him coming back from a big injury. Carpenter then stepped on the hill around one o'clock in Jupiter. He quickly breezed through two innings. In his first Spring Training start of the season he sat down six of the seven batters he faced while only throwing nineteen pitches.
Chris looks to be strong for the Cards all year long as the number two pitcher behind Adam Wainwright. Carpenter has not pitched a full season since 2006 when the Cardinals won the World Series and Carpenter won the N.L. Cy Young award.
The biggest thing for Carpenter is that these injuries have been elbow injuries, which are the hardest to come back from as a pitcher. We have already seen this in Carpenter's friend and teammate Mark Mulder who will retire due to elbow injuries. If Carpenter can stay healthy the St. Louis Cardinals could be a very promising team in the 2009 season.
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