Saturday, July 27, 2013
What Carpenter's setback means
By Jason Catania
In case they weren't planning as such already, the St. Louis Cardinals are going to have prepare to be without their former ace over the second half.
The Cards rotation is among the best in baseball but it has also been hit by injuries, with Jake Westbrook missing a month of action earlier in the year and Jaime Garcia on the shelf for the rest of the season. Various rookies have helped fill in the gaps, and pitched rather well on the whole, but the possibility that Chris Carpenter could be in the mix as a reinforcement down the stretch of the division race seems to no longer exist.
After throwing last weekend and not feeling right, Carpenter announced that he was skipping his next start.
"I'm going to take a little bit of time (off)," Carpenter said earlier in the week. "After that last start, it just wasn't what we were looking for."
The Cards, then, aren't counting him in their plans as they consider trade options for rotation help prior to the deadline. St. Louis has been keeping tabs on Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, who has made two solid starts since returning from injury, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. In Peavy's
most recent outing, he threw 118 pitches in beating the Detroit Tigers.