(BaseballSTL) -- Chris Carpenter says he came into his first rehab start en route back to the major leagues with no idea what to expect. He knew he had 60 pitches for AA-Springfield to show the club where he’s at right now. As it turned out, he didn’t even make it out of the third inning.
Still, Carpenter wasn’t totally displeased with his effort.
“l would’ve liked to have gone a little longer but it was fun to get out there again,” Carpenter said. “My stuff was pretty good. I made a couple bad pitches there in that last inning and then the walks obviously hurt me but it was the first live game action in a long time. I built off that simulated game last week and I’m looking to build off this.”
The 2005 NL Cy Young award winner went just two and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits, three runs (just two earned). He walked two and struck out five. Considering this is the first actual game he’s pitched since the NLCS against the Giants, Carpenter says things need to be taken into context.
“You have to be realistic with where I’ve been and where I’m coming from. Again I made a few bad pitches in one inning but other than that I threw the ball well,” Carpenter said.
The next step? Better location.
“Command can get better but that will come with time. Hopefully,” he joked.
This rehab assignment can last no longer than 30 days before the Cardinals have to decide whether to put him on the 25-man roster or back on the disabled list.