Lohse to start Grapefruit opener vs. Marlins

Lohse to start Grapefruit opener vs. Marlins

Lohse to start Grapefruit opener vs. Marlins
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals have not disclosed many of their pitching plans for early Grapefruit League play, but manager Mike Matheny did announce that Kyle Lohse will start the team's opener against the Marlins next Monday.

Lohse will be the first of several pitchers used in that game, as starters typically build up their arm by throwing only one or two innings in their first appearance.

Matheny also confirmed that Chris Carpenter will take the mound during workouts on Tuesday to throw his first session of live batting practice. Carpenter is the only pitcher with Major League experience who has not yet thrown to hitters. The Cardinals have been bringing Carpenter along more slowly in an effort to ensure that he is best prepared for a full season of work.

"Let's listen to how he feels," Matheny said. "If he feels great, we're going to find a spot for him to get out there and throw. If he feels like he's getting his work here [on the side] and that might help his future as far as how the season goes, I think it would be crazy not to listen to somebody with that kind of experience."

Carpenter is lined up to be the team's Opening Day starter, though the club is keeping that assignment in pencil for the time being.

Adam Wainwright will also throw live batting practice on Tuesday. This will be his third such session since Spring Training officially began.