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Cardinals | Chris Carpenter throws

St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw to live hitters Monday, June 3, for the first time since trying to return from nerve issues in his shoulder. He threw roughly 20 pitches to hitters and another 20 without batters in the box. "I thought he did well," manager Mike Matheny said. "He threw the ball well. The ball came out of his hand nice. The secondary pitches were there. It was another good step." The next step in his rehab will depend on how he feels in the coming days. Carpenter could throw two or three similar sessions before being considered for a rehab outing.

Fantasy Tip: Carpenter's recovery will be a very delicate process, and the Cardinals will make sure he's capable of moving to the next step. They won't rush him. If you picked him up and are stashing him in a deep mixed league, you'll have to be patient, and there won't be any guarantees. One minor setback could put an end to his ideas of making another recovery.

2013-06-03 16:35:36 | Source: The Associated Press

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