Chris Carpenter Fantasy Baseball News, Notes, Rumors and Statistics
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Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:27:05 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) has seen his rehab slowed by back tightness, according to manager Mike Matheny. Carpenter developed the back tightness after throwing a long bullpen session.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:35:56 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw around 25 pitches to live hitters Thursday, June 6, and he said he wasn't as sharp with his mechanics as he was the last two times out. He's currently on a "long program" during his rehab and isn't close to returning. "I thought he threw well," manager Mike Matheny said. "He looked angry. It's always nice to see him back to his usual form. He's a perfectionist, so when he sees something a little bit off he's not going to be happy about it. I thought his stuff looked good. It had real good sink, the breaking ball looked tight."
Fantasy Tip: Until Carpenter goes out on a minor league rehab assignment, his miraculous return to the team won't really start becoming a reality. A setback along the way could be disastrous, so banking on him to contribute to your fantasy rotation later this year is foolish. Only stash him in deep leagues if you have the space.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:43:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This is just an update on his next scheduled session, which didn't have a time yet. He's still a ways from a return, if he makes one, but fantasy owners shouldn't forget about him.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:35:36 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw to live hitters Monday, June 3, for the first time since trying to return from nerve issues in his shoulder. He threw roughly 20 pitches to hitters and another 20 without batters in the box. "I thought he did well," manager Mike Matheny said. "He threw the ball well. The ball came out of his hand nice. The secondary pitches were there. It was another good step." The next step in his rehab will depend on how he feels in the coming days. Carpenter could throw two or three similar sessions before being considered for a rehab outing.
Fantasy Tip: Carpenter's recovery will be a very delicate process, and the Cardinals will make sure he's capable of moving to the next step. They won't rush him. If you picked him up and are stashing him in a deep mixed league, you'll have to be patient, and there won't be any guarantees. One minor setback could put an end to his ideas of making another recovery.
Wed, 29 May 2013 15:24:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Carpenter is nowhere close to being a lock to successfully return to the starting rotation later this summer, but you have to leave open that possibility. In extremely deep leagues or NL-only affairs, it might be worth stashing him now if he continues to make progress in his rehab. The Cards won't rely on him until they're absolutely sure he can return, though, and you should do the same.
Sat, 25 May 2013 15:08:53 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is no longer scheduled to face live batters Tuesday, May 28, because he did not feel as good as normal after his last bullpen session. He will continue to throw long toss and bullpen sessions at this point.
Thu, 23 May 2013 19:02:01 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw an extended bullpen session Thursday, May 23, and felt good after the session. He could start facing live batters next week if he does not suffer any setbacks.
Fantasy Tip: Carpenter appears to be working his way back from his shoulder problems and could pitch for the team at some point this season. Owners in NL-only leagues and some mixed leagues should monitor his progress in case they need to add a starting pitcher down the road.
Wed, 22 May 2013 09:46:46 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) is encouraged by the results of his "rigorous bullpens," and the club is hoping that he'll be ready to join its rotation in late June or early July. GM John Mozeliak indicated that, when Carpenter decided to come back, the organization determined it would put him through rugged tests in order to avoid a scenario in which Carpenter would need to be shut down shortly after the team was to activate him. Carpenter has reached approximately 80 pitches in bullpen work at a simulated game pace. He may face hitters for the first time next week, if a session on Thursday goes well. St. Louis isn't promoting his return with a target date because of the uncertainty surrounding the situation, but Mozeliak called Carpenter's progress "very encouraging."
Fantasy Tip: This is a dramatic turnaround for a player who seemed to have been forced to consider early retirement just three months ago, so fantasy owners should approach this with some skepticism, as is natural. He'd likely hit that hopeful timeframe only if he experienced no setbacks, and this is an unpredictable situation. However, Carp's return seems like a realistic possibility, and fantasy owners should monitor him. NL-only managers would be wise to consider tucking him away. This would be a real boost, considering the uncertain status of Jaime Garcia (shoulder).
Thu, 16 May 2013 07:50:15 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw 30 pitches Wednesday, May 15, and will take two days off. He'll throw an extended session Saturday, May 18. He plans to sit down three times during that session to simulate a start. He'll extend to throwing and sitting down four times by May 28. Carpenter said they'll know the next move after that.
Mon, 13 May 2013 07:35:00 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals P Chris Carpenter (shoulder, hip, back) also had back and hip ailments, which may have contributed to his shoulder trouble. He received a cortisone injection in his right hip within the last couple of weeks that accelerated his return to throwing. He's expected to throw off a mound Monday, May 13, and should have a clearer sense of his timetable later this week.
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