(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will start Game 1 of the World Series and says he is healthy despite having his elbow treated after his last start in Game 3 against the Brewers.
“I’ll speak about it one time and that’s it,” Carpenter said on Tuesday. “It’s the middle of October. Everybody’s got soreness, everybody has aches. My elbow is fine.”
Carpenter also stated he would have been able to pitch Game 7 of the NLCS if it was needed.
“I wouldn’t go out there if I wasn’t able to help my team in any way,” Carpenter stated.
Tony La Russa also reiterated that Carpenter would not be pitching Game 1 on Wednesday if his ace was not healthy.
“If he wasn’t sound,” La Russa said. “He wouldn’t pitch tomorrow (Wednesday).”
La Russa also admitted that Carpenter occasionally suffered stiffness in his elbow from other starts and had been getting treatment throughout the regular season.
Carpenter is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts this postseason.
by Scott Bierman, BaseballStL
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