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Carpenter cleared to start on Saturday

Carpenter cleared to start on Saturday

ST. LOUIS -- A day after successfully throwing a bullpen session, Chris Carpenter has formally been cleared to make his next scheduled start for the Cardinals, on Saturday at home against Milwaukee.

In the first inning of his last start, Carpenter was struck in the right forearm by a line drive. He remained in the game, but continued to feel discomfort in the ensuing days. However, he threw on Wednesday and it went well. On Thursday, the Cards confirmed that Carpenter will make his next start, as scheduled.

Carpenter, 35, is 9-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 17 starts this year. He has 100 strikeouts against 34 walks. If he had been unable to start, the Cardinals likely would have started Adam Ottavino on Friday and pushed Jaime Garcia's start from Friday back to Saturday.

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