After Sunday’s 5-2 victory, Mike Matheny announced that Chris Carpenter, who has not thrown a Major League pitch all season, will get the start on Friday night against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there. I’m excited to get back out there… I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get this done. It wasn’t expected and I’m just fortunate to have the opportunity to pitch again,” said Carpenter.
It was just under two months ago that Carpenter had surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that compressed nerves, which led to weakness and numbness in various parts of his body.
This is obviously a huge boost for a Cardinals team that has been struggling mightily lately, despite Sunday’s victory against the Dodgers. While no one has any idea how Carpenter will perform post-surgery, it’s certainly an incredible mental boost to a squad that needs to build up as many victories as quickly as possible to ensure that they’re playing October baseball.