Found May 05, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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Put the gold watch back in the box and cancel the balloon and cake orders.  Chris Carpenter may not be thrown a retirement party after all.  The veteran St. Louis Cardinals' ace announced earlier this year that he would not be able to pitch this season and would possibly even retire.  However, he is working on a possible comeback. Joe DiGiovanni of MLB.com says Carpenter has already started a throwing program.  The throwing program is designed to test his painful right shoulder and work on strengthening it.  DiGiovanni says the program is similar to that of what deliver Jason Motte wen through before it was determined that Tommy John surgery would be necessary. With this past spring's announcement, the entire baseball world thought Carpenter's career was over.  Manager Mike Matheny recognizes that makes this story larger than it otherwise would have been. "This is probably going to be a bigger deal because everything was made out, or going in the direction, that maybe he's done," Matheny said before the Cardinals played the Brewers on Saturday. "But I think any player that may feel all of a sudden their health's allowing them to do things they didn't think they were going to do, they're going to go out there and see how far they can take it." Carpenter underwent surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome last season, but he came back toward the end of the year.  As he pushed through the offseason and into spring training this year, he had lingering pain in his shoulder that he just couldn't shake.  It was bad enough that Carpenter and the Cardinals decided to at very least shut him down for the entire season - possibly for the rest of his career. Carpenter, if he can return in any capacity, is an important part of the Cardinals from both a performance and leadership perspective.  He's been with the team for nine years.  He has two World Series rings with them.  In his career, Carpenter also has a Cy Young Award and a lifetime 3.76 ERA. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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