Carpenter pitched the first six years of his career in Toronto before being released midway through the 2002 season. He had a troublesome shoulder and pitched in only 13 games that season before he was removed from the 40-man roster.
“They decided to let me go, and I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was in a sling and I didn’t think a whole a lot of teams would be interested in a pitcher with a sling on. Fortunately, there was,” Carpenter said.
After sitting out the entire 2003 season, Carpenter got a second chance with the Cardinals. He was 15-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 2004 and is 8-4 with a 3.49 ERA so far this season.
The Cardinals could use a strong outing form Carpenter as they try to rebound from a 4-1 series-opening loss on Monday. Roy Halladay pitched a five-hitter for the Blue Jays.
St. Louis outfielder Larry Walker was very impressed with Halladay, whom he referred to as “pretty much nasty.”
“He didn’t win a Cy Young by fluke,” added Walker, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
David Eckstein added: “I don’t think film does Halladay justice. You don’t understand how hard he’s throwing the ball with that much movement.”
Shea Hillenbrand homered for the Blue Jays, who reached .500 again by ending a four-game losing streak. Toronto was playing its first home game following a 4-9 road trip.