Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 9/4/12
Pessimism and trade rumors about St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Shelby Miller have evolved to major league reality for the 21-year-old with his Tuesday promotion to St. Louis. Pessimism over injury to and recovery of Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter have evolved to public hopes that the 37-year-old can take the mound in September for the first time this season.  In fact, the optimism extends to Carpenter not only taking the mound, but to start one or more games down the final stretch. On Monday, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak explained to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest that Carpenter would not return to action until he could throw 90 pitches. In a piggyback or tandem arrangement, he could be paired with “guys we have now in our bullpen,” offered by Mozeliak – without naming names. With the Cardinals in the midst of a tight wild card race, the benefits of a successful Carpenter return seem many, especially for a club whose veteran core is struggling mightily with i...
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