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Big step for ailing Cards ace

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter threw to live batters Monday for the first time in his comeback attempt from a career-threatening nerve issue.

Carpenter threw about 20 pitches to teammates Shane Robinson and Matt Adams. He threw another 20 or so without a batter from the mound.

"I thought he did well," manager Mike Matheny said. "He threw the ball well. The ball came out of his hand nice. The secondary pitches were there."

In other Cardinals news, C Yadier Molina was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for bumping umpire Mike Everitt after his ejection Sunday.

CRAWFORD TO DL: Dodgers LF Carl Crawford, the former Rays All-Star, went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

UMP HURT: Umpire Kerwin Danley left a game between the Rockies and Reds in the second inning, one inning after he was hit on the facemask by a deflected pitch.

BRAVES-BREWERS TRADE: Atlanta traded 3B Juan Francisco to Milwaukee for minor-league LHP Tom Keeling.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former OF Milton Bradley was convicted in Los Angeles of abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 71/2 years in jail.

ASTROS: The team will wear special patches during its next homestand to honor the four firefighters who were killed battling a motel and restaurant fire last week.

INDIANS: SS Asdrubal Cabrera was helped off the field after straining his right quadriceps while running to first in the fifth inning.

MARLINS: Former Rays 1B and Seminole High product Casey Kotchman was activated from the disabled list after missing two months with a hamstring injury.

ORIOLES: Minor-league RHP Dylan Bundy, widely regarded as one of baseball's best prospects, was cleared to resume throwing for the first time in six weeks. Bundy, 20, had been diagnosed with right flexor mass tightness in his pitching arm.

PHILLIES: 3B Michael Young returned to the team after missing five games to tend to his 9-month-old son, who was hospitalized.

WHITE SOX: 2B Gordon Beckham was activated after missing nearly two months with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

Big step for ailing Cards ace 06/03/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 3, 2013 9:33pm]
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