Chris Carpenter encouraged after 106-pitch bullpen session

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Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:

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.

Tigers sign Austin Romine to one-year, $4.1 million deal

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The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.

Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.

Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.