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Carp aces another bullpen session

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter threw another bullpen session Wednesday, according to Yahoo Sports and reported no problems.

Unless something unexpected pops up in the next couple of days, Carpenter is expected to take the next step in his rehab effort by pitching live batting practice to his teammates this weekend in Kansas City.

If that goes well, the 2005 Cy Young Award winner could soon start a minor league rehab assignment and be on a path to return to the major leagues around the All-Star Break.

"I'm right where I need to be," Carpenter told Yahoo of his progress.

Let's hope so.