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Matt Carpenter | First Baseman | #13

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: TCU
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 13 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
He took starter Kyle Hendricks deep in the eighth inning for his club's only run of the ballgame. The veteran infielder's batting average has taken a big tumble this season but the rest of his stats are where they normally are this time of year. He has a .240/.383/.441 slash line with 20 homers, 66 RBI and 82 runs scored in 134 games. Sep 16 - 7:17 PM

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Matt Carpenter walked three times in four plate appearances Friday in his return to the lineup.

Even though Carpenter's throwing shoulder is a problem, the Cardinals had him play third base tonight, mostly because they wanted to keep Jose Martinez's hot bat in the lineup at first.
Sep 9 - 1:16 AM

Matt Carpenter (shoulder) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

It's just his second start in his last seven games, as Carpenter has been dealing with tendinitis in his right shoulder. He was given an anti-inflammatory shot and is apparently feeling better. Carpenter is at third base and leading off against Trevor Williams and the Pirates.
Sep 8 - 5:20 PM

Matt Carpenter (shoulder) might be back in the Cardinals' lineup as soon as Friday.

An MRI on Carpenter's sore right shoulder came back clean and he responded well to an anti-inflammatory shot, so his return to the lineup appears to be imminent. The Cardinals open a three-game series at home against the Pirates on Friday.
Sep 8 - 1:16 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Matt Carpenter's shoulder MRI showed "nothing major."

"Pretty good news," said Matheny before Tuesday night's game against the Padres. "There's some inflammation and he's most likely looking to get a [cortisone] shot, but nothing so major that he's not going to see some benefits here with some rest and a little bit of treatment." It sounds like Carpenter could be ready to return to action by the weekend. Jose Martinez got the start at first base Tuesday in San Diego.
Sep 5 - 9:42 PM

Matt Carpenter underwent an MRI on his ailing right shoulder Tuesday.

Carpenter will consult with a doctor on Wednesday to review the results of the scan and decide on a course of action.'s Jenifer Langosch says a cortisone shot "seems likely," and that would sideline the first baseman for another couple of days. Jose Martinez is starting at first and batting cleanup Tuesday night against the Padres.
Sep 5 - 7:36 PM

Matt Carpenter (shoulder) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday in San Diego.

Carpenter left Monday's series opener with tendinitis in his right shoulder and he admitted after the game that he's been dealing with the issue for most of the 2017 season. It's unclear when he might return to action for the Wild Card-hunting Cardinals. Jose Martinez is starting at first base and batting cleanup Tuesday versus Padres left-hander Travis Wood.
Sep 5 - 6:59 PM

Matt Carpenter admitted after Monday's game that he's dealt with a nagging right shoulder injury "for most of the season, really."

Carpenter referred to the ailment -- which kept him out of two games over the weekend and forced him from Monday's game -- as a "sharp" pain but something that's "manageable." He added that "pretty much every throw hurts and most swings." It sounds like Carpenter would be best off staying at first base in order to avoid throwing as much as possible, but the Cardinals' hands are tied a bit with Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) out. Carpenter could undergo an MRI and/or receive a pain-killing injection.
Sep 4 - 8:07 PM

Matt Carpenter was pulled from Monday's game versus the Padres with right shoulder tendinitis.

Carpenter didn't look right while swinging at strike three in the top of the fifth inning and was removed before the bottom of the frame. The infielder didn't start on Saturday or Sunday over the weekend with no explanation, but now it's probably safe to say that the shoulder has been bothering him for a bit. Carpenter is expected to undergo an MRI and/or receive a pain-killing injection.
Sep 4 - 6:34 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Giants.

Jose Martinez is starting in his place and will bat second against Jeff Samardzija and the Giants on Saturday. Look for Carpenter to be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
Sep 2 - 1:36 PM

Matt Carpenter slugged a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

The dinger cost him $10,000, as Carpenter has pledged to donate that amount for each home run he hits the rest of the season to the relief effort in Houston (Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals agreed to match the amount). Obviously the Galveston native is happy to contribute to the cause. Carpenter has gone deep in consecutive games.
Aug 30 - 12:00 AM

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Rays.

Carpenter played momentary hero in this one, cracking a long solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the game at 2-2. After the contest went to extras, Logan Morrison would hit a solo homer of his own to make Carpenter's work for naught. For the season as a whole, the first baseman is slashing .244/.377/.439 with 17 homers and 61 RBI across 426 at-bats.
Aug 27 - 5:54 PM

Matt Carpenter (illness) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Carpenter missed a couple games because he was under the weather. He's back at first base and hitting leadoff against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays. Tommy Pham is getting the night off, as the Cards have Randal Grichuk in left field and Stephen Piscotty in right.
Aug 25 - 3:41 PM

Matt Carpenter (illness) remains out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday.

Carpenter is under the weather and also missed Wednesday's game. Jedd Gyorko will start at first base and Greg Garcia will take a turn at third base in the Cardinals' series finale against the visiting Padres.
Aug 24 - 3:52 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres due to an illness.

Not only is Carpenter absent from the lineup, he is not at the ballpark at all as he rests up from a bit of sickness. Jedd Gyorko will man first base in his place against the Padres and is hitting sixth. Daily Slant: Carpenter's absence will afford Kolten Wong a chance to hit atop the lineup, making him an excellent mid-range target against Jhoulys Chacin, who has struggled considerably away from home. While Chacin's ERA in San Diego sits under 2.00, his road ERA is approaching 7.00 - he's also allowed almost twice as many HRs on the road despite throwing 22.1 fewer innings away from Petco. Wong and Fowler are the top two targets on the STL side.
Aug 23 - 5:43 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Jose Martinez
2Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
2Alex Mejia
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Harrison Bader
3Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Michael Wacha
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Juan Nicasio
2Tyler Lyons
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6John Brebbia
7Zach Duke
8Sam Tuivailala
9Ryan Sherriff
10John Gant
11Sandy Alcantara
12Trevor Rosenthal