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Chris Carpenter scheduled to begin rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Springfield

Jul 10, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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As first reported Wednesday evening by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, veteran right-hander Chris Carpenter has been cleared to start a minor league rehab assignment on Monday with the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Springfield, Missouri.

Carpenter threw over 100 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium and reported no physical issues. He has been out all season — and was not expected to pitch at all in 2013 — due to lingering symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, but there have been no major issues thus far and his timetable to return to the major leagues will depend mostly on how well he pitches down on the farm.

Carpenter, 38, made only three regular-season starts in 2012 and three starts during the postseason. He pitched a league-high 237 1/3 innings in 2011 and then made six grueling starts in those playoffs.

If everything goes smoothly on his rehab assignment — which is far from a sure thing — Carpenter could become the Cardinals’ fifth starter by early August. Joe Kelly is currently filling that role.

  1. gibbyfan - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    What a boost this will be even if he can be 75% of what he was……

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    What a beast.

    Not a poser in “beast mode”.

    A bona fide fucking beast.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      I would add Warrior to that as well Falcon.

  3. spudchukar - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I would add, somebody that no opposing team wants to face down the stretch or in the play-offs. Cause he is fearless, and capable of rising to the occasion.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      We have added a whole lot of stuff. Lol!

  4. jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Meet me in St. Louis, gateway to the great west. Cardinals could be America’s team; who doesn’t like a red bird?

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