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Carpenter Overcomes Adversity

Chris Carpenter (PHOTO/KENT STATE)

As a lot of high school athletes do, Chris Carpenter played several different positions on the baseball field, and a couple of different sports, too. He always knew his future would be on the pitcher's mound, but after Carpenter underwent two separate elbow surgeries while in college at Kent State, he wasn't sure what that future held in store.

Carpenter, 22, has overcome some unfortunate obstacles en route to becoming a Cubs third-round draft pick (97th overall) recently. The right-hander underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2005, and later ulnar nerve transposition in 2006. But if Carpenter has shown any ill effects since then, he has hid them well. The right-hander finished off his college career with six victories and a 3.81 ERA in 1...

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