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Chris Carpenter hasn’t ruled out pitching this season

Aug 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Chris Carpenter underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in July and at the time the big question was whether he’d be ready to contribute to the Cardinals next season.

Now it turns out the surgery may not have been “season-ending” after all, because Carpenter has been throwing bullpen sessions recently in attempt to gauge his readiness for 2013 and … well, he’s felt so good that returning this year is suddenly not impossible.

Carpenter threw a 40-pitch bullpen session yesterday, at which point Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch asked if he’d be able to pitch this season and the former Cy Young winner replied: “I don’t know. Let’s see what happens.”

Hummel then told Mike Matheny about Carpenter’s response, to which the manager said: “That’s a heckuva answer. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. It was fun to watch today.”

It’s worth noting that the Cardinals aren’t exactly hurting for rotation depth and in fact just demoted Lance Lynn to the bullpen less than two months after he made the All-Star team as a starter. The odds are obviously stacked against Carpenter making any kind of major impact down the stretch, but then again he’s already made a mockery of the odds with this rapid comeback.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

  2. okwhitefalcon - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I surprised Matthew “I troll for headlines on twitter” Pouliot didn’t handle this story.

    Carpenter’s possible return has to up the “Dipwad” factor exponentially….

    • paperlions - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Well, duh. Let me help you out.

      How to identify a the biggest dipwads in MLB

      Step 1) Is he wearing a Cardinal Uniform?

      Yes = one of the biggest dipwads in MLB
      No = go to step 2

      Step 2) Never mind, there is just the one step.

  3. crookedstick - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    You two (okwhitefalcon & paperlions) are certainly doing your parts to perpetuate the “biggest dipwads in MLB” with your continued whining. A positive Cardinal story and you two turn it into an attack on all things holy & Cardinal!

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Stick: Let me help you with this…
      It is been just over TWELVE HOURS since Pouliot’s hack job of an article.
      As a result, it’s a little early to let it subside.
      Now…you wouldn’t mind…please help me with something.
      Why is it when other teams (and their fans) bitch, moan and complain it’s okay.
      But when the Cardinals (or their fans) do it…it is “whining?”
      Double standard? Hypocritical?
      Help me understand.

    • paperlions - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      The Cardinals are exactly as big a dipwads as the rest of MLB, no bigger, no smaller. To state otherwise without providing evidence is being a biased narrative-driven dipwad.

      The Cardinals hit a guy in the leg after he bowled over their AS catcher with a dirty hit (sorry, there is no situation in which a forearm and shoulder to the throat and head of a catcher is clean). Every team in baseball would have thrown at the guy, maybe in the same game, maybe later in the year, maybe next year.

      Zito plunked Fielder because he didn’t like how he celebrated a walk off HR.

      The Phillies have hit Molina twice since he ran over Ruiz.

      Hamels hit Harper for no reason whatsoever.

      The list goes on and on. Every team does what the Westbrook did, often for far lesser offenses and with more dangerous pitches. There is no evidence that the Cardinals are particular large dipwads, just your normal everyday sized dipwads.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        Zito didn’t plunk Fielder. He just has no idea where the ball is going.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Hardly an attack on “all things holy and Cardinal” – not even close.

      Jabs at every opportunity at the author of an absolute hatchet job recapping the aftermath of the collision?

      Absolutely.

  4. ajcardsfan - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I say leave the Carp out for the entire season, despite how he feels. I think he should focus on staying healthy, keeping his mechanics up to par and make sure he’s ready to go next season.

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