JUPITER, Fla. -- For the first time since March 3, Chris Carpenter grabbed a glove, a ball and played catch on Wednesday. The normally routine spring activity garnered way more attention than usual, though that was to be expected after the right-hander's recent shutdown because of neck stiffness.
Seeing Carpenter throwing back and forth with starter Jake Westbrook was a welcome sign for the Cardinals, who in Wednesday's game began the process of getting Lance Lynn stretched out in case Carpenter is not ready for the start of the season. Carpenter, who has not put a timeline on his return, reported having no range-of-motion issues while throwing.
"I felt good this morning," Carpenter said. "I felt good yesterday. I'm continuing to go in the right direction, which is what they were hoping. Now, we'll continue to move forward and see what happens. That's not up to me."
Carpenter said he has not yet been told what his next throwing activity will be or when it might come. He also chose not to speculate on when he might return to throwing off a mound. He did, though, note that he continues to feel improvement with his neck, which had been stiff due to an issue with a bulging disc.
"I think it's going to depend on how I feel," Carpenter said. "That's up to the doctors and the trainers. I felt good today, but this isn't a whole lot. This was just to go out and see how it feels."