Hold your breath everyone... if Carpenter can stay healthy and pitch effectively, that's a huge boost to this team.
And then Wainright should be right around the corner...and if they make him the closer...I think we're in good shape.
Lots of ifs though...
http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/bird-land/bird-land/2008/07/la-russa-carpenter-starts-wednesday/La Russa: Carpenter starts Wednesday
By Derrick Goold
NEW YORK â€” Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, after just two rehab starts, will return to the major-league rotation Wednesday in Atlanta, a little more than a year after Tommy John surgery ended his 2007 season, manager Tony La Russa confirmed Saturday afternoon.
Carpenter will be making his first major-league start since opening night 2007.
â€œBest news weâ€™ve had,â€ La Russa said. â€œGive me something else that comes close to it.â€La Russa said the assignment hinges on how Carpenter feels after throwing a bullpen Sunday in St. Louis. If the righthander comes out of the side session well, heâ€™ll join the team in Atlanta and start the third game of the four-game series against the Braves. To make room on the roster for Carpenter, La Russa said the Cardinals will likely option Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A.
Boggs remains with the team in New York after his start at Shea Stadium on Friday. The righthander could be used in relief on Monday or Tuesday if the Cardinals have the need.
Carpenter threw 78 pitches for Triple-A Memphis on Friday night, finishing 5 2/3 innings and striking out five batters against one walk. After the start, the second of his rehab assignment, Carpenter said he was â€œdefinitely pleasedâ€ with how he felt and his performance.
La Russa said he spoke with Carpenter on Saturday and that the righthander expressed comfort with how his elbow felt the day after his longest outing.
They also mentioned this morning on 1380, that Carpenter would start on Wednesday.