Carpenter set for rehab start
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) reacts as he walks back to the dugout after the second inning of game six of the 2012 NLCS against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
After throwing 56 pitches to three Cardinals batters Wednesday and generally impressing everyone who saw him - including his toughest critic, himself - the New Hampshire native and Trinity High of Manchester, N.H., graduate will begin what could be as long as a 30-day medical rehabilitation option when he starts for the Cardinals' Class AA club in a Texas League game against Arkansas.
Matheny said Carpenter would be targeted to throw 60-some pitches in his first taste of competition since he lasted just four innings in Game 6 at San Francisco of the National League Championship Series last year.
Robinson, who had faced the right-hander once before this season in an aborted comeback bid, said Carpenter was "very impressive. After my first two at-bats, I had to turn it up a notch. If I'm in a game and I'm facing him three times, he probably would have won the battle today. He's just fine-tuning his stuff right now. When he's done, it's going to be fun to watch.
"There's definitely some excitement about starting the process to get back," said Carpenter, who also has been waylaid a couple of times this year by lower back issues.
Carpenter said. "I've got to prove I can stay healthy and prove I'm good enough to take one of these guys' spots (in the rotation) because what I've done in the past doesn't mean I get an opportunity to kick someone out of here when we're doing so well."
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