Carpenter expected to start Wednesday, plus lineup
The Cardinals expect Chris Carpenter to return from the disabled list Wednesday and start that evening’s game against the Cubs, manager Tony La Russa confirmed on Sunday.
Carpenter has been out since April 14 due to a strained left oblique muscle. He threw four simulated innings on Friday, followed by a bullpen session on Sunday morning. The Cardinals had hoped to hold Carpenter out until next weekend. However, a rainout on Friday and subsequent makeup day on Monday forced their hand, as the club lost an off day and had to go to a fifth starter sooner than expected.
Kyle Lohse, who started Friday’s game before it was washed out in the second inning, will pitch in the makeup game on Monday against Milwaukee. Joel Pineiro will take his scheduled turn on Tuesday at home in the series opener against the Cubs, with Carpenter pitching for the first time in 36 days on Wednesday.
In two starts this year, Carpenter is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He amassed nine strikeouts against two walks in 10 innings of two games. In his absence, rookies P.J. Walters and Mitchell Boggs have both taken turns in the starting rotation.
Today’s STL lineup vs LHP Manny Parra:
1. Ryan 2B
2. Robinson RF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Molina C
5. Stavinoha LF
6. Rasmus CF
7. K.Greene SS
8. Barden 3B
9. Wellemeyer P