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Carpenter better in bullpen session, says he needs at least 2 more

Updated: August 23, 2008, 4:48 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter increased the effort in his second bullpen session on Friday, but the 2005 NL Cy Young winner may not return before Sept. 1 when rosters can be expanded.

Carpenter, a 21-game winner in 2005, is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list because of a strained shoulder on Tuesday. He said he'll probably need at least two more bullpen sessions before he will be cleared to return. On Sunday, he plans to try throwing closer ...

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