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Cardinals' Carpenter could return as a reliever

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With the St. Louis Cardinals rotation rolling and the relief corps struggling, general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that injured starter Chris Carpenter could join the bullpen when he returns.

The Cardinals' starters have a combined 2.07 ERA while the bullpen is at 5.67. Closer Jason Motte is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery and Mitchell Boggs struggled in that role. He was sent to class AAA Memphis with a 12.66 ERA in 10 2/3 innings. Middle reliever Marc Rzepczynski was also demoted with a 7.88 ERA.

Carpenter is on the 60-day disabled list recovering from shoulder surgery and could return sometime this summer.

"I'm candidly optimistic and excited about him contributing (in the bullpen)" Mozeliak said.

Carpenter is eligible to come off the DL at the end of May, but Mozeliak is hopeful that he will return in late June or early July.

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