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Chris Carpenter Makes First Rehab Start

July 16th, 2013 at 12:34 PM
By Brandon Hunter

'Chris Carpenter' photo (c) 2008, Barbara moore - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Chris Carpenter made his first rehab start on Monday for Double-A Springfield. This comes just a few months after it was announced that Carpenter was once again out for the season. In fact, many people, including GM John Mozeliak thought they may never see Carpenter pitch again.

Carpenter went 2.2 innings and allowed three runs, two of them earned runs. He was limited to 60 pitches and finished with 38 strikes over 54 pitches. Carpenter left the game to a standing ovation at Hammons Field in Springfield, MO.

"I haven't competed in almost a year. Coming in to it, I didn't know what it was like to face hitters. I was happy," Carpenter told reporters. "At some point I'm going to have to go through the lineup a few times, stay out and compete, or it's not worth it.
 
"[I've come] a long way. I wasn't expecting it, but I'm glad I'm pushing and glad I'm trying."
 
Carpenter's next start will likely come in a standard rotation turn, but will do so for either Peoria or Triple-A Memphis as the Springfield Cardinals will be on the road.
Tags: Baseball, Chris Carpenter, Hammons Field, John Mozeliak, Memphis, MLB, Springfield, St. Louis, St. Louis Cardinals

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