Cardinals veteran ace Chris Carpenter halted his rehab because of a creeping numbness in his pitching hand that has stirred concerns it will lead to the condition that has forced him from the mound several times before.
Carpenter met with manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak on Tuesday and decided to “take a step back” in his attempt to return to the team. He felt the familiar tingling in his hand during a rehab start Saturday with Class AAA Memphis, and officials believe pitching through the symptom would trigger the nerve troubles that had Carpenter close to retirement back in February.
An official said Carpenter is not expected to pitch “in the near future.”
“If I continue to keep throwing at the intensity of rehabbing and 100 pitches that is going to lead down the same path it has when it goes numb,” Carpenter said Tuesday. “We’re going to back off and try to figure out what’s going, where and why.”
Mozeliak said Carpenter could be “back to square one.”