Game Update: Cards Vs. Astros
Duncan: Carp’s Issues All Mechanical
Chris Carpenter threw a convincing side session Saturday afternoon, likely his final tune-up before a potential All-Star appearance next Tuesday in Anaheim, Cal.
Pitching coach Dave Duncan left the session encouraged by Carpenter’s ability to address subtle flaws that left him out of sorts within his delivery — specifically, the sensation that he was landing late with his front foot. Such a flaw would would be enough to compromise Carpenter’s curveball, which has been less effective since he took a line drive off his right forearm during a June start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I don’t see his soundness as an issue,” Duncan said, echoing Carpenter’s sentiments following a Thursday loss againts the Colorado Rockies. “He wasn’t feeling real good about his delivery. He probably hasn’t been for three or four starts. But based on today I feel he’s headed in the right direction.”
Carpenter did not miss a turn after being struck on the right forearm by Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson’s line drive; but he conceded discomfort that affected his ability to command his curveball and his cut fastball during the rest of that outing.
Carpenter has allowed 11 earned runs, 18 hits and four walks in nine innings covering his two starts since being struck.
“Physically, he’s fine,” Duncan insisted. “Everybody in this game gets a little out of sorts at some point. What I saw today was very encouraging.”
Depending on whether he appears next Tuesday, Carpenter could start next Thursday’s opener to the second half against the Los Angeles Dodgers.