That didn't take long.
One day after the Cardinals revealed injured pitcher Chris Carpenter had been shut down from his rehab regimen, they announced he has been cleared to resume throwing. The back issue that had forced the shutdown was examined by "outside medical opinions" (via Associated Press), and it was decided Carpenter was well enough to start throwing again.
In fact, general manager John Mozeliak told the AP that Carpenter, 38, played catch Friday and will throw a "light" bullpen session on Saturday.
The rehab program will continue to be determined by how Carpenter feels and, again, the Cardinals aren't counting on him returning this season. Still, there's certainly a chance that he'll be back -- if not as a starter, out of the bullpen.
Carpenter is in the final year of a two-year, $21 million deal. He's 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in his career -- in which he has won the 2005 NL Cy Young and two World Series rings. Due to injuries, though, he only made seven combined starts in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2012. He's yet to appear in 2013 due to a career-threatening nerve issue in his neck, shoulder and arm area.