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Carpenter, who probably had higher expectations than the team's staff, said, "Results-wise, it's obviously been pretty good. It's gone the way that I'd hoped so far."
In 2007, Carpenter had Tommy John elbow surgery after being hurt in the first game of the season. Last offseason he had a nerve near his elbow transposed, and he also had a nerve issue near his shoulder, but he has chosen not to have risky surgery to fix that.
"I'm healthy. That's what counts," Carpenter said.