ST. LOUIS Chris Carpenter, who has been trudging toward a comeback that at one time seemed impossible, made the second start of his 2013 rehab stint on Saturday.
It could have gone better.
Carpenter, who started for Triple-A Memphis, surrendered four earned runs, nine hits and two walks in 3 13 innings against the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Forty-nine of his 74 pitches were strikes.
"My stuff just wasn't that sharp," Carpenter told Corey Noles of The Daily Statesman.
"No life on my heater. My curveball was rolling."
The Cardinals shut down Carpenter, 38, before the start of spring training due to nerve issues in his neck and throwing shoulder. But something changed for the better in late April, an improvement Carpenter noticed while playing catch with his son. The return process started, and has since wound through minor setbacks like a tight back and a tired arm.
In his first rehab outing on Monday, Carpenter threw 54 pitches (38 strikes) in a 2 23 start with Double-A Springfield. He ...