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Chris Carpenter would “absolutely” be available out of the Cardinals’ bullpen for Game 7

Oct 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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Chris Carpenter threw 101 pitches last night, holding the Rangers to two runs over seven innings, and afterward wasted no time saying that he’ll be available out of the bullpen if the series goes to Game 7.

For now Kyle Lohse is the Cardinals’ scheduled Game 7 starter, but manager Tony La Russa’s confidence in him isn’t exactly at an all-time high and Carpenter responded “absolutely” when asked if he’d be able to pitch some in relief.

Adding to the intrigue is that there’s a 75 percent chance of rain for tomorrow, so if Game 6 is pushed back to Thursday and the Cardinals can extend the series with a victory Carpenter (and C.J. Wilson) would be working on three days’ rest in Game 7.

Carpenter started on three days’ rest for the first time in his career during the NLDS, although it didn’t go particularly well. And rain or shine Ron Washington has made it very clear that Matt Harrison will start Game 7 for the Rangers.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Oct 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Barring the fact that theres a good chance that Lilliquist misinterprets “Christ Carpenter” as “Arthur Rhodes.”

  2. natstowngreg - Oct 25, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Everyone, except Game 6’s starters, would be available for Game 7.

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