Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals breathed a collective sigh of relief after the former Cy Young Award winner was diagnosed with a bulging cervical disc.
The team feared the stiffness in the righty's neck that put him out of several workouts over the past week may have proven to be a career-threatening nerve issue, a recurring problem in his medical history.
So Saturday's diagnosis by doctors in Florida and St. Louis, after Carpenter ran a series of tests, was welcomed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday.
"When you're thinking of what could have been some really bad [things], we can take care of this and move on," Carpenter said.
General manager John Mozeliak said Carpenter's return to a throwing program would be decided over the next few days. "Obviously, he's taken steps in the right direction, and that's good," Mozeliak said.
The former Cy Young Award winner missed a pitching session earlier in the week for the same issue.
Carpenter, who turns 37 next mon...