Never doubt Chris Carpenter

Cards ace back in the October spotlight after having 'season-ending surgery'

Updated: October 9, 2012, 8:55 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday afternoon in Nationals Park, a man will take the mound who has no business being there.

But Chris Carpenter's heart doesn't beat that way. His brain doesn't think that way. And his interpretation of the limits of medical science doesn't necessarily conform to, well, medical science itself.

When the St. Louis Cardinals hand him the ball to start Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, it will be a mere 82 days ...

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