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MLB roundup: Cardinals' Carpenter may return this season

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Chris Carpenter's shoulder surgery was expected to end his season, but now not only is there a strong possibility that he will return to the Cardinals some time this season, he might come back as a starting pitcher, MLB.com reported.

Carpenter threw live batting practice on Friday for the first time since undergoing thoracic outlet surgery on his shoulder July 19.

He will throw another live batting practice session on Tuesday.

The Cardinals want Carpenter to be able to throw about 90 pitches in a simulated game before feeling comfortable having him pitch as a starter in a game.

Recently Carpenter's plans changed from preparing himself for 2013 to trying to recover in time to pitch in 2012.

At the time of the surgery, recovery time was estimated at three to four months.

Carpenter has not pitched for the Cardinals at all this season.

--- The New York Yankees activated third baseman Alex Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Rodriquez suffered a broken left hand on July 24 and the Yankees have missed his production. They were 18-8 with the slugger out of the lineup. At the time of the injury, Rodriquez was hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI.

---The Washington Nationals announced Sunday that Stephen Strasburg's last start of the season would come Sept. 12 on the road against the New York Mets. On Monday, team management met with the team's ace to explain their decision.

Strasburg sat down before Monday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs with manager Davey Johnson, general manage Mike Rizzo and pitching coach Steve McCatty.

Strasburg, coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2010, has pitched 156 1/3 innings this season. The plan from the outset was for Strasburg to work between 160 and 180 innings and shut him down.

The 24-year-old right-hander has shown no ill effects from the surgery, posting a 15-6 record with a 2.94 ERA and a National League-best 195 strikeouts.

Johnson said Strasburg wasn't pleased with the decision.

---The Cleveland Indians announced Monday a two-year extension of their player development contract with triple-A Columbus that will run through the 2016 season.

---All-Star Dan Uggla has lost his job as the Atlanta Braves' everyday second baseman.

Uggla has struggled the past three months and manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that Martin Prado would be the starter at second for the next few weeks. Prado replaced Uggla in the Braves' lineup Monday against the Colorado Rockies.

Since June 6, Uggla's numbers are ugly at the plate. He has hit .152 during that span.

- The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross from Triple-A Sacramento. Ross joins the A's for the fifth time this year and is 2-9 with a 6.45 ERA in 13 games, all starts.

---The Orioles announced that they have recalled pitcher Tommy Hunter from Double-A Bowie and selected the contract of pitcher Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Phillips, the Orioles designated pitcher Jason Berken for assignment.

---The Pittsburgh Pirates selected infielder Jeff Clement has been selected from Triple-A Bradenton and brought him up to the Pirates.

Infielder Chase d'Arnaud has had his option transferred from Bradenton to Indianapolis, and infielder Oscar Tejeda was designated for assignment.

---The Boston Red Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter from Triple-A Pawtucket.
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