Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Carpenter will make his season debut on Friday. This is just three short months after having surgery on July 3rd to relieve stress in his upper body caused by thoracic outlet syndrome.
The procedure he undertook involved removing one of his ribs so that his upper body can move more freely. The recovery time of such an injury is normally six months. Carpenter has willed himself to be durable before, most notably last season when he pitched game seven of the world series on three days rest. As with all other Cardinals post season runs, they will go as far as Carpenter can take them. Hopefully, his return sparks a similar resilience the team possessed last September and October.
We expect Carpenter will be limited to five innings despite his wishes. Over all the line should read: 5IP 6H 1ER 1BB 4K
Fun Fact: Chris Carpenter is from the same hometown as blogger Sean Twomey.