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Chris Carpenter's improbable return to the Cardinals just got a big boost of reality on Wednesday. Carpenter threw a three inning simulated game at Busch Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. After the successful pitching outing, the Cardinals announced that Carpenter will make a start for Class AA Springfield next Monday as his return from the nerve condition in his neck and shoulder continues to improve. Carpenter comments on getting the minor league start next week and hopeful return to the Cardinals starting pitching rotation.