For Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter, the first two innings of his first rehab start Monday night in Springfield went well enough. The third inning, however, was not so hot.
Considering where he has come since early February, the outing overall was a solid step in his attempt to pitch in the majors this season.
Carpenter hit 95 mph on the Hammons Field speed gun, showed a sharp curve and struck out four in his first two innings, but he was unable to make it through the third. Before exiting with two outs, the Arkansas Travelers reached him for a single, double, homer, two walks and two earned runs.
"It was a lot of fun, wish I could have gone a little longer," Carpenter told reporters after his outing, which was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,709. "My stuff was pretty good. I had a couple bad pitches in that last inning that ended in walks. First live game action in a long time and looking to build off of it."
Expected to throw about 60 pitches, Carpenter threw...