4:31pm: The results were positive; Carpenter will start a throwing program in January. The Cards could still pursue another starter though.
9:43am: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter had a nerve conduction test yesterday. The team will learn the results today, and if they’re concerned they could target an additional starter for 2009. Given this uncertainty, the Cardinals’ decision not to offer arbitration to Braden Looper seems strange.
Elsewhere on John Mozeliak’s agenda, Joe Strauss says he still seeks a second baseman and a closer. We haven’t heard many names in recent weeks, perhaps because Mozeliak was focused on the Khalil Greene and Trever Miller acquisitions.