Carpenter was 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 2005, led the National League with a 2.24 ERA in 2009 and has a career 10-4 record and 3.00 ERA in 18 postseason starts. He was 4-0 in the 2011 postseason, beating the Rangers twice in the World Series.
But he totaled 21 1-3 innings in 2007 and ‘08 due to elbow and shoulder woes and missed the 2004 postseason due to nerve issues in the shoulder. He made only six starts last year, half of them in the postseason and none of them close to his old form.
“I felt as soon as I got to a certain pitch count, a certain level, the fatigue starting setting in pretty easy,” Carpenter said. “Before I’d never had that problem. I could definitely tell there was a difference.”
On Monday, Carpenter said he had no symptoms. Of course, he hasn’t been pitching.
“If I feel like I can throw again and I’m cleared to start throwing again, I’m sure I probably will,” he said. “I’m not dying, I just have a messed-up arm.”
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