"In his last start he was a little sore," said Weinberg. "But the last three days, he's been normal.
"He slipped on the mound, just tweaked it a little, during the Chicago game."
miklasz had the same information in his online pressbox last night -- and wondered why, if this is true, la russa left carpenter in for 106 pitches. the cy young's gone, but so what; the larger concern is whether the cards still have a #1 to lead them through the playoffs. on that count, i have nothing to add to bellyscratcher's well-worded lament. for the record, carpenter has allowed 27 hits and 17 runs in his last 15 2/3 innings. better now than 11 days hence, eh? let's hope. . . . . there's really nothing else to say about this; if he is toast we'll find out soon enough. and sooner than we'd like.
wild card update: the phillies look like a team of destiny, if such an appellation is allowed for a 2d-place club. their dramatic 5-run 9th in cincinnati last night drew them to within a game of the astros. today's pairings: houston at cubs, zeke astacio vs carlos zambrano -- that's a loss for houston. phillies at reds, eude brito vs eric milton -- crap shoot. but whoever wins, probably another 11-10 game.
Update [2005-9-24 18:25:21 by lboros]: houston ahead 8-3 in the 9th --- big win for them. their "magic #" is down to 7 with 6 to play: four more against the cubs, two vs the cardinals.