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Chris Carpenter | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/27/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Carpenter has officially informed the Cardinals that he will retire.
An expected decision. Carpenter attempted to make a comeback earlier this year, but had to shut things down after feeling renewed numbness in his throwing hand. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner call it a career with a 144-94 lifetime record to go along with a 3.76 ERA. He is expected to remain with the organization in a yet-to-be announced position. Wed, Nov 20, 2013 03:23:00 PM

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak will offer Chris Carpenter a front office role or another job elsewhere in the organization.

Carpenter will retire this offseason due to injuries. "I don't want to ... guess what he was trying to tell me or read the tea leaves," Mozeliak said. "In time, we'll all sit down and talk. ... I welcome that conversation. We touched on some things before the season ended, but obviously with everything going on in October, we never really ironed anything out." The 38-year-old right-hander won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 and possesses two World Series rings (from 2006 and 2011).
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 11:03:00 AM

Chris Carpenter's agent, Bob LaMonte, told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that his client plans to retire.

"Chris basically came back from five career-ending surgeries," said LaMonte. "I don’t think you’ll ever see anyone do that again. He had a sixth one and it was too many. He had a great career, a great human being." Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said this weekend that the door is open for Carpenter to assume a role in the front office. The 38-year-old right-hander won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 and possesses two World Series rings (from 2006 and 2011). He can collect a third this year if the Cards go the distance.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) said Monday that he's not currently throwing and isn't optimistic about pitching this season.

Carpenter wasn't originally expected to pitch at all this season, but he managed to ramp up a throwing program and even go out on a minor league rehab assignment. However, he shut things down late last month after feeling renewed numbness in his pitching hand. It sounds like a comeback will have to wait until 2014, if at all.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) has halted his rehab assignment.

"Going to take a step back," the veteran right-hander told reporters on Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Carpenter was shelled for four runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings this past Saturday at Triple-A Memphis and had a familiar feeling of numbness in his pitching hand. There is no longer a timetable for his return.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) acknowledged this weekend that he still has a "long way to go."

Carpenter allowed four runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings Saturday at Triple-A Memphis. It was his second minor league rehab start. "I have a long way to go before I can get outs up there," the veteran righty told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "If I can’t get outs down here, never mind getting outs up there. I didn’t feel like I was as sharp as I needed to be or should have been. It wasn’t what I was looking for."
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 08:45:00 AM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) allowed four runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings Saturday in his rehab start for Triple-A Memphis.

He struck out two and walked two in the 74-pitch outing. It wasn't the kind of performance that's likely to get him right back into the major league rotation. At least one more rehab start is going to be necessary.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) will shift his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis this Saturday.

Carpenter allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings in his rehab debut Monday with Double-A Springfield, but he flashed good velocity and reported no physical issues. The veteran right-hander is now just one step away from returning to the Cardinals, though he seems likely to make more than one start with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Joe Kelly will continue to serve as St. Louis' fifth starter for the time being.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings Monday in his first rehab start with Double-A Springfield.

The good news is that he struck out five and reportedly touched 95 mph on the radar gun. Of course, the Cardinals' main concern is how Carpenter feels, and it appears that he made it through the outing with no physical issues. The veteran right-hander could rejoin the Cards' rotation later this month if all goes well.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 09:15:00 PM

Shane Robinson told reporters that Chris Carpenter's cutter was "virtually unhittable" on Wednesday.

Robinson was one of a couple hitters standing in the box for Carpenter's 100-pitch simulated game at Busch Stadium and he provided rave reviews. Carp has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Springfield and could be allowed to join the Cardinals' starting rotation around early August. He will be worth stashing in deeper mixed leagues if his rehab debut goes smoothly.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 09:32:00 AM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Springfield.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to pass that information along. Carpenter made it through a 100-pitch simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium without feeling any pain or discomfort. He could join the Cardinals at some point in late July or early August, perhaps as their fifth starter.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 05:52:00 PM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he would like to pitch in 2014.

It was at the start of spring training that Carpenter seemed resigned to the fact that the nerve issue in his neck/shoulder wouldn't allow him to pitch again, but he's now thinking about extending his career indefinitely. Of course, he's yet to make it back in 2013 and is far from out of the woods, so any discussion of next season is premature. The veteran righty could be cleared for a rehab assignment before long.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) threw five simulated innings in a successful bullpen session at Busch Stadium on Friday.

Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny was particularly encouraged by the outing, stating that it was the best he's seen from Carpenter during his lengthy rehab. The next step will be for him to face live hitters, which could happen this week. He's still got a long way to go before returning, but this is a step in the right direction.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday at Busch Stadium.

If the workout goes well, Carpenter could be cleared to face live batters in a simulated game. If it doesn't go all that well, he will be asked to continue throwing bullpen sessions. The veteran right-hander is aiming to contribute at some point this season, but there's no telling when he might feel 100 percent healthy.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Carpenter has been shut down since earlier this week with lower back stiffness and will throw a light bullpen session Saturday before being reevaluated. The Cardinals originally hoped that Carpenter could be available in late June, but he likely won't be an option to return until after the All-Star break.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 07:35:00 PM

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4Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Xavier Scruggs
4Scott Moore
2B1Kolten Wong
2Dean Anna
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Ty Kelly
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
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4John Lackey
5Carlos Martinez
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R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Kevin Siegrist
8Marco Gonzales
9Tyler Lyons
10Nick Greenwood
11Samuel Tuivailala
12Miguel Socolovich
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