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Chris Carpenter is ready to resume facing live hitters

Jun 20, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

carpenter getty Getty Images’s Jenifer Langosch provides the update:

Chris Carpenter threw his fourth bullpen session on Wednesday and is expected to add the challenge of facing hitters the next time he gets on the mound.

Assuming Carpenter doesn’t feel any day-after pain from his latest work, the right-hander will throw batting practice during the team’s weekend series in Kansas City

Carpenter has been on the disabled list all season with a nerve issue in his neck and shoulder that began bothering him during the second week of spring training.

“I feel good. I really do,” the veteran righty told Langosch on Wednesday. “My shoulder feels good. My body feels good. The effort level has been there, too. … I feel good, and I’m looking forward to the next step.”

Carpenter will need to make three or four minor league rehab starts before rejoining the front end of the Cardinals’ starting rotation. If he’s able to avoid setbacks, he could be ready for MLB action by late July.

The 36-year-old right-hander posted a 3.45 ERA across a major league-high 237 1/3 innings last year before going 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in six postseason outings (three of which were World Series starts).

The 2012 Cards climbed to one game over .500 (35-34) with Wednesday night’s 3-1 victory over Detroit.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Facing live hitters is much more appealing than facing dead ones. They just kinda lay there and they don’t smell very good.

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Yeah, Rogers Hornsby was great back in the day, but you or I could probably whiff him now.

  2. makeham98 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Brad Lidge would walk him on four pitches.

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    • dexterismyhero - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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      • youjivinmeturkey - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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  4. stlouis1baseball - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Great to hear Carp is feeling good.
    On a separate note: Why would anyone re-blog anything? It is someone else’s work…they did nothing but simply paste it. Not only is it weak and lazy…it’s cheesy as hell. Do they not see this?

    • paperlions - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      That is apparently an automated post that Word Press does. If someone writes a blog post of their own and links to this post, then Word Press automatically sticks that “reblogged” comment in the comments sections of the linked post. Essentially, it makes people that have Word Press blogs that properly link to other blogs look like douche nozzles, when they aren’t (or, at least, may not be).

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        I see. So they blog something…link to this post and it defaults with the “reblogged” comment. Thanks for the explanation.

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