Cardinals hold auditions as Carpenter heals

Lance Lynn of the Cardinals will get a chance to show his stuff as a potential starting pitcher as teammate Chris Carpenter heals from a neck injury.

Lance Lynn of the Cardinals will get a chance to show his stuff as a potential starting pitcher as teammate Chris Carpenter heals from a neck injury. Photo by The Associated Press.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Lance Lynn is the St. Louis Cardinals’ “Plan B” for dealing with the potential absence of former Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter.

Expected to be a member of the bullpen at the start of camp, Lynn is a possible starter in case Carpenter is unable to recover from a bulging disc in his neck. The Cardinals are also considering rookie Shelby Miller, a former No. 1 pick.

A 24-year-old year old right-hander, Lynn will make his first start of the spring Wednesday against Houston. Both of Lynn’s appearances so far this this spring have been in relief. He allowed two runs — one earned — in two innings while striking out three in his spring debut against Washington. He also threw a scoreless inning Saturday against Miami.

Lynn made his major league debut in 2011, going 1-1 in 18 appearances (two starts) with a 3.12 ERA. He also appeared in 10 postseason games, accumulating a 2-0 record.

Carpenter left Friday’s practice with a stiff neck. He was scheduled to pitch one of Monday’s split squad games, but the Cardinals decided to send Jaime Garcia to the mound against Atlanta and start Miller against Washington.

Carpenter, who turns 37 next month, has yet to pitch in a game this spring. Early in camp, manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter would be on a relaxed schedule this spring in an attempt to lessen the workload on his arm.

Last year, Carpenter posted an 11-9 regular season record before going 4-0 in the post season for the World Series champs. He threw 237 innings in 2011, surpassing the 190-inning mark in each of the past three seasons.

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