St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter’s rehab has been put on hold after he injured his lower back in a bullpen session.
General Manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that any contribution this season from Carpenter, sidelined since February with nerve issues on the right side of his body, would be a bonus.
The 38-year-old Carpenter had been steadily progressing before the back tightened after he finished throwing Sunday.
Mozeliak anticipated the team would have a better handle on the situation after other doctors in St. Louis weighed in on the back issue.
Pirates bolster weary bullpen
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a move to replenish their worn-out bullpen for the final game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds, calling up right-hander Duke Welker from Triple-A Indianapolis.
The Pirates optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Indianapolis to open a roster spot.
Pittsburgh’s bullpen was depleted by the last two games. Manager Clint Hurdle used three relievers after Charlie Morton went 5⅓ innings in a 4-0 victory on Tuesday. Hurdle had to use four relievers in a 2-1, 13-inning loss to the Reds on Wednesday night.
Welker was 3-1 with three saves and a 2.78 ERA in 25 games at Indianapolis.
Presley was called up for the second time on June 8. He batted .293 in 17 games overall with two solo homers.
Torre’s daughter makes key catch
The daughter of former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is getting props from her dad for catching a baby boy who had tumbled off a second-floor fire escape in Brooklyn.
Torre said in a statement Wednesday that he was “very proud of my daughter Cristina’s actions today during an incident in Brooklyn involving a small child.”
Torre is now Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations.
“I didn’t really know what was going to happen. ... You just move into action — you don’t really think about it,” Cristina Torre told the Daily News of New York.
The baby is in stable condition, police said, while the parents were charged with reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17.