MEMPHIS (MemphisRedbirds.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that right-hander Chris Carpenter will join the Memphis Redbirds and start Saturday's 6:05 p.m. contest against the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Triple-A Astros) at AutoZone Park as part of a rehabilitation assignment.
Carpenter, who is currently on the Cardinals' 60-day disabled list recovering from back and shoulder ailments, is expected to throw up to 80 pitches in his second start.
The 38-year-old tossed 54 pitches (38 strikes) in his first rehab start for Double-A Springfield on Monday at Hammons Field. He struck out five and allowed six hits, including one home run, for three runs (two earned) in 2 2/3 innings against the Arkansas Travelers. He started the game with a scoreless inning that included two strikeouts and a broken-bat single.
In 2005, he became the first Cardinals Cy Young Award winner since Bob Gibson in 1970, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA (76er/241.2ip) in 33 starts. That season, he hurled seven complete games, four shutouts, and a career-high 213 strikeouts.
Over his 15-year career, Carpenter is a lifetime 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA (927er/2219.1ip), 33 complete games, 15 shutouts, and 1,697 strikeouts. He has been an All-Star three times throughout his career (2005, '06, '10), and in 2005 became the first Cardinal since Rick Wise in 1973 to be named the starting pitcher for an All-Star Game.
In nine seasons as a Cardinal, Carpenter has gone 95-44 with a 3.70 ERA (460er/1348.2ip) in 198 career starts, winning 15 or more games in five of the six years in which he made at least 20 starts. He ranks third in Cardinals history with 1,085 strikeouts, trailing Dizzy Dean by 10. Entering the 2013 season, his .683 winning percentage as a Cardinal ranked 2nd all-time for St. Louis pitchers with at least 100 starts and best in all of Major League Baseball over the past nine seasons.
Carpenter has made four rehab starts for the Redbirds during the 2003 and '08 seasons in his career, going 0-1 with a 3.71 ERA (7er/17.0ip) and nine strikeouts.
He was originally drafted by Toronto in the first round (15th overall) of the 1993 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed with St. Louis in December 2002.
Potential media opportunities with Carpenter have yet to be determined and will be released at a later time.
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