Found March 18, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
St. Louis Cardinals ace pitcher Chris Carpenter could miss Opening Day while recovering from a neck injury.Carpenter threw a bullpen session Friday and is scheduled to throw another Sunday, but his status for the opening game of the season is up in the air, according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. When asked it Carpenter would be ready for the meeting with the Miami Marlins on April 4, Matheny said that "would be pushing it."Carpenter is nursing a bulging disc in his neck, which was earlier thought to be nerve damage. He threw 30 fastballs Friday and told reporters he was feeling fine after the warmup session. If Sunday’s bullpen session goes well, Carpenter will throw in live batting practice. Although, don’t expect to see the righhander take the field in Grapefruit League action.Carpenter posted an 11-9 record and a 3.45 ERA in 13 starts last season. He went 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in the postseason, helping the Cardinals win the World Series.

Chris Carpenter throws BP for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter threw batting practice for the first time since a neck injury. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner threw 40 pitches Sunday, two days after throwing off a mound for the first time in two weeks. Carpenter threw two sets of 20 pitches with a couple of minutes rest in between. He has been limited since March 3 because of a bulging disk in his neck...

Carpenter throws, but status remains unknown

JUPITER, Fla. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter faced hitters for the first time in two weeks Sunday but his status for Opening Day remains up in the air. Carpenter, who is dealing with a bulging disc in his back, threw two simulated innings of 20 pitches each to three Cardinals hitters on the back fields of Roger Dean Stadium. "It was a good step," Carpenter said. "...

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Cardinals continue St. Patrick's Day tradition

JUPITER, Fla. Wanting to honor St. Patricks Day back in the early 1990s, the St. Louis Cardinals decided to wear green hats on the holiday for their spring training game that day. But with green hats and red jerseys, something didnt look right. "It looks like Christmas," traveling secretary C.J. Cherre remembers former closer Lee Smith saying. So the Cardinals went...

Ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has book deal

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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals had another camp day in which their top two and lower two rosters opposed each other while the Marlins and Mets faced off elsewhere. Sunday’s Player of the Day: Outfielder Rainel Rosario doubled twice and plated three Springfield teammates. Sunday’s Pitcher of the Day: Pitching for Quad Cities, right-hander Joe Kelly dominated a young Palm...

Carp throws off mound, continues to progress

JUPITER, Fla. It was only 30 pitches at less than full strength, but the Cardinals got more good news about ace Chris Carpenter Friday morning. Carpenter, recovering from a bulging disc in his back, returned to the mound Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks. He last faced hitters on March 3 before complaining of persistent pain and stiffness in his neck. The right-hander...

Cards' Carpenter has recovery setback

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter won't start Opening Day after a setback in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck. The right-hander returned to St. Louis on Tuesday for tests. He threw live batting practice Sunday but didn't feel right the next day. ''He looked really good and felt good; the next day he just didn't respond like we had hoped,'' manager...

Tony La Russa has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is ready to look back on his amazing career. William Morrow announced Monday that "One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season," is tentatively scheduled to come out this fall. The book will be co-written by Rick Hummel, a longtime reporter for the...

Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals took on the New York Mets in a home-and-away series. Memphis and Springfield traveled to Port St. Lucie while the Mets’ two Class-A clubs bussed to Jupiter. As the result of the 2-1-1 day, the Cardinals evened their spring record against external minor league competition at 4-4-1. Player of the Day for Saturday: Infielder Tyler Rahmatulla tripled...

Braves offense struggles in loss to Cardinals

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Beltran hit his first home run for the St. Louis Cardinals, a leadoff drive off Julio Teheran in the sixth inning during Monday's 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. Beltran, who signed a free agent after splitting last year between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, also had a single. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the fourth against...

March Madness – All Time Cardinals Tourney Second Round

Drop by our friends at Pitchers Hit Eighth, C70 At The Bat, and Aaron Miles’ Fastball to vote in the Musial, Smith, and Gibson Regions of the tournament.  The turn out to this point has been outstanding and we move forward today with the opening of the second round of the tournament.  I-70 is the home of the Buck Region, and the bracket now looks like this: Which brings us...

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