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Healthy Carpenter on track for 2009

Originally Published: February 18, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

JUPITER, Fla. -- As Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw off the mound Tuesday, manager Tony La Russa said with great hope, "If we can catch a health break with him … '' He didn't complete the sentence, but we will: If Carpenter is healthy and even close to the old Carpenter, the Cardinals have a chance to be serious contenders in the National League Central.

And there was nothing from his bullpen session Tuesday that suggested he wouldn't be ready to be a key part of the Cardinals' ...

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