It was thought veteran Chris Carpenter would be out for the season after having surgery to deal with numbness in his right arm and neck.
But the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander is poised to join the rotation for the stretch run.
Carpenter is scheduled to throw a 90-pitch simulated game Saturday and, barring any surprise development, he will make his season debut next week, MLB.com reported Friday
The 37-year-old right-hander's most recent major-league start was in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
At training camp this past spring, he felt weakness in his right arm and neck and had surgery in July for thoracic outlet syndrome.
"I went into (surgery) strong enough and knew that if I came out of it strong enough, I thought there was a chance (to pitch this season)," Carpenter said.
LOHSE TO LOOK ELSEWHERE
Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse, who has put together an excellent season, is very likely to leave the team as a free agent in the off-season, CBSSports.com reported Friday.
Lohse, 33, has a 14-3 record with a 2.81 earned-run average and a 1.08 WHIP.
An opposing general manager said Lohse could expect to get a three-year offer worth $40 million in free agency, although that could go up sharply. Other than Zack Greinke, there could be a shortage of upper-tier right-handed starters available.
KEY ROSE DOCUMENT BEING AUCTIONED
A document Pete Rose signed that outlines his banishment from baseball is expected to fetch more than $1 million at auction.
Rose accepted his punishment in signing the five-page document on Aug. 23, 1989. Commissioner A. Bart Giamatti and deputy commissioner Fay Vincent also signed it.
The artifact will fetch more than the $996,000 paid in 2005 for the 1919 paperwork that sent Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees from the Boston Red Sox, auctioneer Ken Goldin told ESPN.com
"I feel this is the most important document in baseball history," said Goldin, whose company will auction it starting Oct. 10.
RAMIREZ WINS THIS ONE
Team president David Samson said Thursday that Hanley Ramirez was traded in July when the Miami Marlins realized they couldn't win with the infielder.
Asked for comment, Ramirez, now with the Dodgers, told the Los Angeles Times: "Now are they winning without me?"
The Marlins have gone 18-29 since the deal.
A man wounded a female Kansas City Royals employee Friday afternoon outside of Kauffman Stadium and then killed himself, police said. The woman was taken to hospital. Her condition wasn't known ... The Baltimore Orioles released reliever Kevin Gregg on Friday. The 34-year-old had a 4.74 ERA in 40 appearances this season.