Carpenter threw 70 pitches Monday and reported things going well. His next simulated game came Saturday, where he threw 95 pitches. If Carpenter does not have any setbacks, he may start this week, which looked in general like a major long-shot when he had surgery in mid-July to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome. Carpenter hypothetically could pitch as many as three games this season, without any setbacks. Be cautious because his pitch count will definitely be monitored in a return and some rust can be expected as well. If he pitches in anywhere near the form as he has been capable of, the Cardinals will receive a huge boost to their rotation in what is shaping up to be a crazy wild-card race.
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