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Chris Carpenter throws live batting practice

Chris Carpenter

FILE - In this June 12, 2012, file photo, injured St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter stretches in the dugout in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in St. Louis. Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a nerve issue in his shoulder that has sidelined him since spring training and will need three to six months recovery time, according to general manager John Mozeliak, Tuesday, July 3. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)


Chris Carpenter’s 2012 season was supposed to be over after he underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last month, but the 37-year-old right-hander threw two innings of live batting practice Friday.

“We went into today going out and face hitters if everything’s going good. Take that next step and see what happens,” said Carpenter. “Like I said all along, I’m not just going to sit around and waste the month.”

While he’s not going to be able to go make rehab starts in the minors, Carpenter may have enough time to get stretched out to potentially start a game or two at the end of September for the Cardinals. The team could then make a decision on his status for the postseason if it’s in position for a wild card spot.

Carpenter has missed the entire 2012 season. He went 11-9 with a 3.45 ERA last year and then 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in six postseason starts as the Cardinals won the World Series.