Chris Carpenter is doubtful to make his next scheduled start -- which is Friday -- after he felt what was described as a "twinge" in his injured hamstring Sunday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . UPDATE: He's now been officially scratched from the start.
Carpenter, the lone remaining Cardinals ace after Adam Wainwright's season-ending injury, was throwing a light bullpen session when experiencing the slight discomfort. He initially injured his hamstring March 1, his first start of the spring.
The Cardinals are still expecting Carpenter to be the team's opening day starter, even though the day keeps getting closer and closer.
"I'd send him out there opening day if his arm was sound and his leg was sound with zero [more] innings," La Russa told the Post-Dispatch. "He's got a wealth of experience and competitive fire in his gut. But the whole key is get him healthy and we'll go from there, whenever that is."
They are preaching patience when it comes to the healing process. As most know, a hamstring tweak is one of those annoying little injuries that doesn't feel especially bad -- but just seems to linger far too long.
Missing spring starts isn't a huge deal, but the anxiety has to be starting to mount, at least internally. The team's best pitcher is already done and the second-best is an injured 35 year old who has had injury troubles in the past. With opening day less than four weeks away, it's not yet time to panic -- but it's certainly time to at least worry a little bit.
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