The St. Louis Cardinals, who currently hold the final Wild Card spot in the National League, will have a familiar face back on the mound this week.

Carpenter has missed the entire season after being shut down in spring training with numbness and weakness in his shoulder, arm and neck. Carpenter and the Cardinals felt that taking three months off from throwing would allow the right-hander the opportunity to make a return soon after the All-Star break, but after a few setbacks, surgery was required. He was expected to miss the remainder of the season, but Carpenter, through hard work and dedication, is ready to pitch again after declaring himself ready following a 95-pitch simulated game on the weekend.

If the Cards hang on and make the playoffs, Carpenter, who was on the Disabled List as of September 1st, would be eligible for the post season roster. In his career, the three-time All-Star has posted a 144-92 record with a 3.76 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 3.40 xFIP. He is also under contract next season, due to make $10.5 million.