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Chris Carpenter takes next step

Updated: June 3, 2013, 9:11 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw to live batters Monday for the first time in his comeback attempt from a career-threatening nerve issue.

After throwing successful bullpen sessions on May 27 and 30, Carpenter threw about 20 pitches to teammates Shane Robinson and Matt Adams on Monday. He threw another 20 or so without a batter from the mound, while several teammates gathered behind the batting cage to watch.

"I thought he did well," manager Mike Matheny said. ...

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