Chris Carpenter to make rehab start in Triple-A

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter is a step closer to returning to the big club very soon.

According to MLB.com, Carpenter will make a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis. This will be Carpenter’s second rehab start.  He previously pitched for Double-A Springfield on Monday and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs, while striking out five and walking two. He threw 54 pitches.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter could throw 75-80 pitches on Saturday.

“I heard his stuff looked real good,” Matheny said. “He and I talked also, and he was real happy with things. You look, velocity was there, and how he felt physically, I think those are really good tests in measuring how good the outing was for him.”

CBS Sports reports that Carpenter has been out the whole 2013 season because of damage in his right shoulder, neck and arm area.

Carpenter, 38, has a career record of 144-94, is a two-time World Series champion and is a three-time All Star. He also won the 2005 National League Cy Young award.

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