I’ll flesh this out later tonight (or earlier in the morning), but wanted to get it out there now:
Carpenter will play catch on Friday in Houston, with the idea being that he will throw a bullpen on Saturday and start Tuesday. The swelling in his elbow has dramatically subsided and the range of motion is back, so he’s feeling optimistic. Essentially, he’s going about things as though he will start Tuesday. If there are any setbacks, obviously the plans will change. But the way he’s proceeding is so as to pitch on Tuesday against the Buccos.