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Chris Carpenter's long journey back to the majors has been full of twists and turns, but it will continue for now as he was cleared to start throwing again after a back problem briefly halted his rehab. The Associated Press reports that Carpenter will throw a light bullpen session on Saturday and the Cardinals will determine a course of action based on that. GM John Mozeliak did not believe that the back issue was a major problem.
"It looks like it's not going to be that big of a deal," Mozeliak said. "Obviously, this week's come and gone. Having said that, he can jump back on and start making progress."
St Louis still won't be drawn on a timetable for Carpenter's return. This week's setback demonstrates the level of unpredictability that Carpenter is dealing with as he endeavours to make a remarkable comeback. Mozeliak is acutely aware that problems can flare up at any time, hence the lack of timetable.
"I just think that's a dangerous thing to answer," Mozeliak said. "The moment we start getting out in front of that, something may occur, so it's just better to sort of take this day by day."
Following his surgery to address his thoracic outlet syndrome, Carpenter experienced lingering shoulder pain which was originally expected to keep him out for the whole 2013 season, with the veteran admitting he may never pitch again. However, in May he started throwing again in an effort to return to the majors. There were reports that Carpenter could be in the rotation by July but it's clear neither he nor the Cardinals know what his status will be on a daily basis, so a wide range of outcomes are still possible.
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