Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:
#STLCards Chris Carpenter estimates he threw 106 pitches in bullpen session Friday. Really encouraged afterward. Likely to face hitters soon
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 5, 2013
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter has been sidelined all season due to thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder, the same injury that kept him out of action for most of the 2012 season, save for some late September and October action. Initially, the Cardinals planned to use Carpenter as a reliever if and when he returned, but as he has made progress coming back from the injury, the trajectory seems to put him back in the starting rotation at some point.