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Chris Carpenter throws live batting practice

Aug 31, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

Chris Carpenter AP

Chris Carpenter‘s 2012 season was supposed to be over after he underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last month, but the 37-year-old right-hander threw two innings of live batting practice Friday.

“We went into today going out and face hitters if everything’s going good. Take that next step and see what happens,” said Carpenter. “Like I said all along, I’m not just going to sit around and waste the month.”

While he’s not going to be able to go make rehab starts in the minors, Carpenter may have enough time to get stretched out to potentially start a game or two at the end of September for the Cardinals. The team could then make a decision on his status for the postseason if it’s in position for a wild card spot.

Carpenter has missed the entire 2012 season. He went 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA last year and then 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in six postseason starts as the Cardinals won the World Series.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    It would obviously be a huge help if he can come back even for middle relief work on a limited basis.
    I can see him (if healthy)….being a solid 6th, 7th and 8th inning guy as the year comes to an end.
    Hard to believe he is this healthy…this early.
    But like him or not…the dude is a Warrior. You never count him out.

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