Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 7/11/13
The comeback of St. Louis Cardinals right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter is ready to ramp up. The 38-year-old will make his first minor-league rehab appearance on Monday, July 15 at Double-A Springfield, where he is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches. Carp was pronounced ready to go after throwing a three-inning simulated game at Busch Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Carpenter has yet to pitch in game action this season after also missing most of 2012 due to thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve ailment. After a spring 2013 setback, many wondered if his playing career might be over. However, his condition improved and Carpenter began his comeback in May. While any schedule has to be considered extremely tentative, Carpenter pitching effectively every fifth day could lead to this scenario: Monday, July 15: Springfield vs. Arkansas Saturday, July 20: Memphis vs. Oklahoma City Thursday, July 25: Memphis vs. Round Rock Tuesday, July 30: St. Louis at Pittsburgh (doubleheader) I selected ho...
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