Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp with continued neck issues

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Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp with continued neck issues

Bad news for the Cardinals: Chris Carpenter's neck hasn't improved, and the righty is flying back to St. Louis to have his symptoms -- which stem from a bulging disc -- examined.

While he hasn't been ruled out yet, it looks unlikely that Carpenter will be active for Opening Day. Lance Lynn is expected to slide into the rotation for however many starts Carpenter will miss. The 24-year-old pitched exclusively in relief with the Cardinals last year but did start 12 games in Triple-A, posting a 3.84 ERA with 64 strikeouts, 25 walks and two home runs allowed.

In his career, Carpenter has started 25 games against the Cubs with a 3.05 ERA while allowing a .702 OPS to opponents.

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

The Cubs continue their series with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in the nation's capital, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app.

Coverage from the District of Columbia with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (5-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA)

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#Back2BackOneDay: What is Bryce Harper trying to say about his future, Kris Bryant and the Cubs?

#Back2BackOneDay: What is Bryce Harper trying to say about his future, Kris Bryant and the Cubs?

Bryce Harper someday joining the Cubs has been prime speculation fodder this summer.

But does Harper know something we don't?

The Washington Nationals superstar — who's slated to become a surely record-breaking free agent after the 2018 season — posted a picture of him and fellow Las Vegas native Kris Bryant on Instagram after Tuesday night's game between the Cubs and Nationals in the nation's capital.

A nice picture, sure. But the important part is the hashtags, one of which is #Back2BackOneDay.

Oh really, Bryce?

Is baseball's biggest star hinting at a potential future in a Cubs uniform, batting right behind Bryant, the Cubs' current All-Star third baseman and reigning National League MVP?

Let the speculation train continue to roll down the tracks. Harper's certainly providing enough energy.