St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter has been bothered by a neck problem for about a week, and there had been some concerns within the Cardinals organization that the injury might involve nerve damage. It was worrisome enough that Carpenter set up an appointment with specialists to examine the ailment. On Saturday night, the Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss posted an encouraging update on the situation:
While u wait: Carpenter diagnosed w/bulging cervical disc. Not nearly as bad as nerve damage. Club yet to decide when he resumes throwing.— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) March 11, 2012
The discomfort first started following a two inning, 30-pitch live batting session on March 3, according to Carpenter.