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Chris Carpenter throws to live hitters, will start Wednesday

Mar 11, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

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Chris Carpenter was scratched from today’s start because of a hamstring injury, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw around 60 pitches against live hitters this morning and is now scheduled to start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Carpenter gave Cardinals fans a scare in the wake of Adam Wainwright‘s season-ending elbow injury and has been sidelined since March 1, but the former Cy Young winner told Hummel that he’s no longer worried about the hamstring problems:

You’re talking about a minor hamstring injury, not elbow surgery or a sore shoulder. I’ve had way too many other things to concern myself with a¬†slight hamstring. I figured that eventually it would be getting better.

Barring a setback Carpenter is in line to make three spring training starts before his Opening Day assignment.

  1. BC - Mar 11, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Well, it could be worse. He could have been throwing to dead hitters.

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 11, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      Could it be that you are predicting that Cardinals might win more than 70 games this year?

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