ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter's rehab assignment will next take him to Memphis, where on Saturday, the 38-year-old will start for the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate.
The start will be Carpenter's second since starting his rehab stint. On Monday, Carpenter threw 54 pitches (38 strikes) in a 2 2/3-inning start for Double-A Springfield. He allowed six hits, three runs (two earned) and struck out five.
Manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter should push himself to a pitch count of about 75-80 in the upcoming start.
"I heard his stuff looked real good," Matheny said of Carpenter's appearance earlier this week. "He and I talked also, and he was real happy with things. You look, velocity was there, and how he felt physically, I think those are really good tests in measuring how good the outing was for him."
Carpenter can remain on a rehab assignment a maximum of 30 days, which would take him to Aug. 13. How he continues to progress and what the Cardinals' needs are on the Major League roster will dictate how long Carpenter remains in the Minors. General manager John Mozeliak equated Carpenter's rehab assignment to the build-up process that pitchers go through during Spring Training.
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