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Matt Carpenter | Third Baseman | #13

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 206
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: TCU
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 13 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI against the Nationals on Wednesday.
Carpenter seems over the back soreness now, having played four of the last six days. He's 5-for-15 with a homer this spring. Mar 22 - 4:01 PM

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Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals starting lineup and playing first base for Friday's Grapefruit League showdown against the Mets.

Carpenter was held out of action, and had to miss the World Baseball Classic, due to a back injury. He said Thursday that he now feels "100 percent" and barring any setbacks he shouldn't have any trouble being ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 17 - 8:11 AM

Matt Carpenter (back) says he feels "100 percent" and will return to Grapefruit League action Friday.

Carpenter has been kept away from strenuous activity for nearly two weeks because of a back injury, and he also had to pull out of the World Baseball Classic. But the 31-year-old first baseman has ample time now to prepare himself for the opening of the 2017 regular season and he makes for a safe early-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Mar 16 - 8:49 AM

Matt Carpenter (back) is about 10 days away from being cleared to swing a bat in games.

Carpenter played in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, but he didn't swing the bat (although he did get a bunt hit). He's dealt with a back injury for a couple weeks now and the Cardinals are worried if he pushes it that it might develop into an oblique injury. Carpenter will hit in a batting cage on Monday.
Mar 9 - 3:03 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) is in the Cardinals' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday.

But he's listed as the No. 9 hitter and will only play a couple innings of defense at first base before calling it a day. Carpenter has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game in a week due to lower back soreness. He probably won't resume swinging a bat for another couple days.
Mar 9 - 9:03 AM

Matt Carpenter (back) is at least a week away from returning to Grapefruit League action.

He hasn't played since last Wednesday because of lower back soreness, which forced him to pull out of the World Baseball Classic. Carpenter did take swings off a tee on Monday and will continue with his hitting progression as the week moves along. He should be fine in time for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks.
Mar 7 - 5:59 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) took batting practice and did some fielding work at first base on Monday.

It was the first extensive workout for Carpenter since he got scratched from a Grapefruit League game last Thursday due to lower back soreness. Carpenter has officially pulled out of the World Baseball Classic, but it sounds like he could resume playing in live games in Florida by the end of this week.
Mar 6 - 1:23 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) said Saturday that he won't swing a bat for the next few days and it will be around a week until he gets back into Grapefruit League action.

Carpenter had to pull out of the World Baseball Classic due to soreness in his lower back. The club doesn't want to push him and risk aggravating the injury or tweaking his oblique, so they'll ease off for a few days in the hopes that it improves.
Mar 4 - 1:43 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed Saturday that Matt Carpenter will not participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said Friday that there were discussions about holding Carpenter out, and now it looks like the decision is final. He felt soreness in his lower back while doing fielding drills early in camp and the soreness has lingered, forcing him to be scratched from Thursday's lineup. It doesn't sound like the injury should impact his status for Opening Day.
Mar 4 - 10:04 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Matt Carpenter (back) pulling out of the World Baseball Classic is "part of the conversation now."

Carpenter first felt soreness in his lower back while fielding grounders early on in camp and had to be scratched from Thursday's lineup due to lingering soreness. It looks to be a day-to-day situation, but Matheny said Carpenter will be "slowed down." Carpenter possibly no longer being able to play for the United States in the WBC would be a bummer for him, but the ailment shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day.
Mar 3 - 11:23 AM

Matt Carpenter was scratched from the Cardinals' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday due to lower back stiffness.

It doesn't sound like anything to fret about here in early March. Carpenter is locked in as the Cardinals' starting first baseman (and likely No. 3 hitter) to open the 2017 regular season. He batted .271/.380/.505 with 21 home runs, 68 RBI, and 81 runs scored in 129 games last year.
Mar 2 - 12:44 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in an interview on KMOX 1120 in St. Louis Sunday that the club is "pretty married" to keeping Matt Carpenter at first base.

That's the same thing Mozeliak said a month ago, but it looked like things might change when a report Friday said the club could pursue Edwin Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo. The GM didn't totally dismiss the possibility of moving Carpenter back to third or possibly second base, but it sounds unlikely. It appears Encarnacion or Trumbo would have to come at a big discount in order for the Cards to enter the mix.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matt Carpenter will open 2017 as the team's starting first baseman.

It seems like the right call after the Cards juggled Carpenter between third base (52 starts), second base (37 starts), and first base (35 starts) in 2016. Carpenter is the best hitter in St. Louis and his defensive profile fits best at first base entering what will be his age-31 campaign. Jhonny Peralta and Jedd Gyorko figure to share time at third base, with Kolten Wong opening as the starter at second. Mozeliak and Co. could also be thinking of making some infield upgrades this winter.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Matt Carpenter said Sunday that he didn't feel comfortable with his oblique injury down the stretch and even modified his swing to avoid aggravating the injury.

"It’s such a fickle injury," said Carpenter, who also played through an injury to his right knuckle. "It has so much to do with your swing. That first month back — and they knew this — I just dealt with it. If with every swing you’re trying to protect an oblique you’re not going to swing well. It’s just the way it is. I could find a way to help the team, to be an option." Carpenter posted a career-high .885 OPS this season, but he batted .229 with a .726 OPS over his final 51 games. Obviously missing the playoffs was a disappointment, but an offseason of rest will do him some good.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Matt Carpenter (finger) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Carpenter has been dealing with a right ring finger injury and sat out of Monday's blowout loss to the Reds, but it's apparently nothing serious. He'll start at first base and bat leadoff Tuesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Robert Stephenson.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Zach Duke
10Jordan Schafer