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Carpenter, Berkman, Garcia and McClellan all on the mend

The Cardinals turned in a clunker Friday night against Pittsburgh. But at least fans got some good news.

Fox Sports Midwest reported during the game that injured Redbirds Chris Carpenter, Lance Berkman, Jaime Garcia and Kyle McClellan are all doing well.

Carpenter, who went Thursday to a specialist in Dallas to have his weak pitching shoulder checked out, was told that the nerve problem which causes his issue hasn't worsened since it was originally diagnosed four years ago. While that doesn't explain what caused the problem to flare up, Carp was able to pitch without negative results for quite some time after the malady was initially diagnosed. So, hopefully, his rehab will continue to go well and he'll have another couple of years in him. 

He threw about 40 pitches in the bullpen Friday before the game and Carpenter said he felt good. So we'll see if he bounces back and is able to throw again in a couple of days. If all goes well -- and that's a big if at this point -- Carpenter could go on a rehab assignment in a week or so and be ready to join the big league club after three or four starts in the minors.

Berkman is expected to rejoin the Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday to continue his rehab. According to Fox Sports Midwest, his recovery from knee surgery is ahead of schedule and Berkman is could be back on the field in late July. As the dog days of summer set in, Berkman can help keep the club's current crew of first basement and corner outfielders fresh for the stretch run. But, even as a pinch hitter, Berkman would be invaluable to the Cardinals.

Garcia, who has been shelved with damage to his shoulder, is expected to throw for the first time in a month this week. Hopefully, Garcia can avoid surgery and get back to his early season form.

McClellan, who has also been shut down because of arm problems, is expected to resume throwing this week.

If the Birds can add Garicia and Carpenter to the rotation, maybe a couple of the guys currently working as starters -- along with McClellan -- can provide a boost to the bullpen.