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Chris Carpenter nearing return from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

Sep 10, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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When Chris Carpenter underwent surgery in mid-July to alleviate symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, it was assumed that he would miss the rest of the season. However, it’s now realistic that he could play a critical role for the Cardinals down the stretch.

Carpenter threw around 70 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon in San Diego after which he told FOX Sports Midwest that he feels “absolutely” ready to make a start. While he’s chomping at the bit to get back out there, Jenifer Langosch of reports that he’s scheduled to throw another simulated game on Saturday where he’ll get stretched out to 90 pitches.

Carpenter is ramping things up at a convenient time for the Cardinals, as Jake Westbrook suffered an oblique strain Saturday and is expected to miss at least one start. Lance Lynn will return from the bullpen to start Thursday against the Dodgers, but Carpenter should be an option after that.

Carpenter, 37, hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors this season after logging 273 innings between the regular season and playoffs last year.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Sep 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    The Carp news is cool although the “Lance Lynn will return from the bullpen to start Thursday against the Dodgers” news is more than a bit disturbing.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Obviously…L.L. is looong overdue for a solid outing. I am looking for that solid to be Thursday against the Dodgers. At this point. That is about all I/you/we can hope for.

  2. blues1988 - Sep 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    agreed but what other option do we have? i don’t think shelby is ready to start and things are goin down hill fast and we need something to stop it, hopefully lance can pull it together and throw like he did at the beginning of the year.

  3. sparty0n - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    WOW, TOS surgery in July and he’s starting to pitch. I know some people that wish they had his Dr.

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