Perez Back to Bigs

Right-handed pitchers Mitchell Boggs and Chris Perez were recalled from Memphis.

Chris Carpenter was removed from Tuesday night's game prior to the bottom of the fourth inning with a strain to his left rib cage. While there is no firm prognosis, it is reasonable to expect the 33-year-old to miss six weeks, potentially putting him back in action around June 1. More will be known about Carpenter’s condition after he is examined in St. Louis by team physicians.

Sent to Memphis to open the season, Perez has pitched four innings over three games. He has a win and two saves on no hits and three walks. Perez fanned four Triple-A batters. It remains to be seen whether or not Perez is used as the team’s closer initially. Veteran Ryan Franklin may play the role short-term or rookie Jason Motte could be eased back into the job.