Cardinals' Carpenter pain free after side session -

Cardinals' Carpenter pain free after side session

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter says he didn't feel any pain after his latest bullpen session.  

Carpenter threw on the side Tuesday. It was his second session since he left his spring debut because of a strained hamstring.  

Carpenter and the Cardinals say there's still no final word on whether he'll pitch Friday. Carpenter says there won't be a decision until Wednesday at the earliest.  

The 2005 Cy Young winner has won at least 16 games in each of the past two seasons. His health takes on added importance after the Cardinals lost Adam Wainwright to season-ending ligament replacement surgery earlier this spring.  

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