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Manager Mike Matheny reported Sunday that Carpenter's back is "doing better," Joe Trezza of reports.

Carpenter has been sidelined with a sore back during the opening days of spring training, but Matheny's comments suggest the veteran infielder could be back in action sooner than later. Carpenter's back injury doesn't seem like anything overly concerning at this time, and barring any setbacks, he should be ready for Opening Day.

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