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Chris Carpenter throws, says hamstring is better

Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter threw another bullpen session Tuesday morning and said his tweaked left hamstring feels fine, according to a report on Fox Sports Midwest.

It has not yet been announced if Carpenter will make his scheduled Friday spring training start. The Cardinals, smartly, seem to be taking a cautious approach in effort to keep a minor problem from becoming a major one. But if Carp misses a second start, it would likely knock him off pace to build up his endurance and get in condition to start for the Redbirds on opening day.

There are only about three weeks to go until the games start to count. That's time for three or four more spring training starts. And the Birds certainly don't want to let a fragile pitcher take the hill on a likely cold day in St. Louis on March 31 if he's not 100 percent ready to go.

The Cardinals likely won't be able to make a decision on Carpenter's next start until at least tomorrow. As is the case with muscle strains, it is often how things feel the day after a workout that is the main concern.