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Chris Carpenter faced live hitters for first time since March

Jun 22, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Chris Carpenter took another step in his comeback from neck and shoulder injuries today by facing live hitters for the first time since spring training.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter threw 34 pitches to an assortment of Cardinals batters, mixing in off-speed stuff with fastballs.

According to Strauss the plan is for Carpenter to face live hitters a couple more times before potentially scheduling a minor-league rehab assignment.

  1. sir1389 - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Yes it seems like a waste of their talents, but I feel that one of our starters needs to go to the pen to help shore it up. Possibly Carp if he comes back sometime later this season.

  2. petey1999 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Much more challenging than facing dead hitters.

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