Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 9/3/12
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ST. LOUIS Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will throw a second simulated game to hitters Tuesday at Busch Stadium and signs are pointing towards a return to the rotation at some point before the season ends. The former Cy Young Award winner has yet to pitch this season and had what was thought to be season-ending neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery on July 19. But he recently began throwing and things have progressed faster than anticipated. "Everything looks like he's on track to contribute so we're hopeful that what happens," general manager John Mozeliak said Monday. "Is it realistic? I think it is, but rather than get out in front of that, let's just see how he does tomorrow and if he can get back this year, I think that's going to be a great shot in the arm for the club." The procedure was done to eliminate a nerve issue that he's pitched with in his right shoulder since 2008. The rare surgery involves removing his top rib and two of the neck muscles that connect to it to allo...
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