ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will make his first start of the season against the Chicago Cubs on Friday in Wrigley Field, manager Mike Matheny said Sunday.
The news was confirmed after Carpenter recovered well from throwing a 90-pitch simulation the day before. Saturday’s session was the fourth against live hitters.
Carpenter was shut down in Spring Training after experiencing weakness and numbness in his shoulder, neck and arm during Spring Training. Carpenter rested for three months and tried to return to the mound, but he did not progress and ended up visiting a specialist in Dallas.
That specialist recommended surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve condition that led to weakness in several parts of his body.
Carpenter’s first start will be just over two months since the surgery.