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Chris Carpenter to pitch Friday

Updated: September 17, 2012, 3:53 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will make his first start of the season on Friday against the Chicago Cubs.

Carpenter, 37, underwent surgery in July to relieve nerve compression that resulted in numbness on much of the right side of his body. The procedure was thought to be season-ending.

But the right-hander made four simulated starts recently without any incident, and is ready to join the rotation as the Cards make a playoff push.

Last season, Carpenter went ...

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