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Chris Carpenter throws five innings in season debut

Sep 21, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Carpenter threw five innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and needing 77 pitches to record 15 outs. His breaking ball wasn’t very sharp, but overall he looked pretty solid for having not faced big-league hitters in 11 months.

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Well, I guess this is really happening.

As expected the Cardinals have activated Chris Carpenter from the 60-day disabled list and the former Cy Young winner will make his season debut today after undergoing what was initially called “season-ending” surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in July.

Carpenter hasn’t started a game for the Cardinals since Game 7 of the World Series, but is almost fully stretched out to throw 90-100 pitches against the Cubs this afternoon and would be in line to make a total of three starts down the stretch if things go well.

Oh, and he’s also eligible for the playoff roster.

  1. natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Hmmm, not the best of news for the Nats, Reds, Giants, and Braves. Not to mention the teams chasing the Cards.

  2. dan1111 - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I guess they realized it’s not possible to end the season of someone who wasn’t even having a season.

    Either that, or they figured that, since no one had even heard of a “thoracic outlet” until now, that body part (assuming it even exists) must not be very important for pitching.

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Or he received a scrappiness transplant from David Eckstein.

      Ok, I’ll stop now.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Waiting for the predictable “Carp is a jackass, I hope he chokes on the rib they removed to enable him to pitch again” post.

    • bengalsucker - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Carp is a jackass, I hope he chokes on the rib they removed to enable him to pitch again..There you go. Your words are correct and probably a very popular feeling among every fan in baseball other than Cards fans. lol He is a douche and if he weren’t on your team you’d say the same.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        BS: Once again…turn that frown upside down my friend. You guys have had a great year. It looks like it could very well be your time to shine. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
        Most importantly…try to lose the chip on your shoulder, get rid of the inferiority complex and enjoy your guys’ run with a little class.

    • nategearhart - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Carpenter is a jackass, but I don’t wish him any injury. However, I do fully EXPECT him to suffer an injury sometime within his first two starts, because that’s just what he does. Anyone rooting for other playoff teams have nothing to worry about.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Sorry, but rooting for the Nats as a playoff team is a new experience. A certain amount of paranoia is involved.

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