Two years after winning the 2005 National League Cy Young award for the St. Louis Cardinals, Carpenter began dealing with elbow issues and underwent Tommy John surgery. The right-hander rehabbed with some massive determination and returned to the mound a little over a year after having the procedure—most pitchers need more than 12 months to recover. Carpenter quickly returned to his pre-surgery form, finishing second in the Cy Young voting in 2009 and winning NL Comeback Player of the Year. The three-time All-Star went 31-10 with a 2.62 ERA in his first 41 decisions after the surgery and also won the 2011 World Series with the Cardinals.
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