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Matt Carpenter | Third Baseman | #13

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 206
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: TCU
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 13 (0) / STL
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Matt Carpenter (oblique) has been cleared to resume limited baseball activities.
He was spotted fielding grounders and throwing to first base on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be allowed to swing a bat. Carpenter is hoping to be back in early August, although it might be closer to the middle of the month. Jul 22 - 5:30 PM

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MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch told the Kevin Wheeler Show on 101 ESPN that Matt Carpenter has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right oblique.

That's more severe than a Grade 1 strain, and it means Carpenter is likely to be sidelined at least a month. He was batting .298/.420/.568 with 14 home runs, 53 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 78 games this season for the Cardinals, who will have a tough time gaining ground in the NL Wild Card race without their star third baseman turned second baseman. Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko will presumably platoon at second.
Jul 7 - 2:05 PM

Cardinals placed 2B/3B Matt Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Carpenter suffered the injury on a check-swing in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday and figures to remain sidelined through early August. It's a massive blow for the Cardinals, who are fighting for one of the two National League Wild Card spots. Carpenter was batting .298/.420/.568 with 14 home runs, 53 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 78 games this season. Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko are probably going to share time at second base while he's out.
Jul 7 - 12:01 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed after Wednesday night's loss to the Pirates that Matt Carpenter suffered a right oblique strain.

Carpenter did it on a check-swing in the bottom of the third inning. He immediately grimaced in pain and eventually walked off the field with a trainer. Matheny said there is a "high level of concern" around the Cardinals' clubhouse over how much time Carpenter might miss. Even low-grade oblique strains can sometimes require 4-6 weeks of rest and rehab, and St. Louis is in a dogfight in the National League Wild Card race. Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko are likely to handle the load at second base while Carpenter is out.
Jul 7 - 8:57 AM

Updating a previous item, Matt Carpenter left Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to a right oblique injury.

Carpenter injured his oblique on a check swing in the second inning. After being checked out by the trainer, he then left the game. The 30-year-old third baseman will undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury, at which point the Cardinals will reevaluate the situation. A DL trip is in play here.
Jul 6 - 9:28 PM

Matt Carpenter was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates after appearing to injure himself on a check swing.

After checking his swing in the second inning, Carpenter was attended to by a trainer. He was subsequently pulled from the contest. He looked to have injured either his back or his side on the swing. The Cardinals should provide an update on his injury status as the game unfolds. Kolten Wong took over at second base.
Jul 6 - 9:05 PM

Matt Carpenter is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Carpenter was away from the club Saturday following a death in the family. He's at second base and batting leadoff.
Jul 3 - 12:07 PM

Matt Carpenter is away from the club on Saturday due to a death in his family.

He's missing Saturday's game against the Brewers, but the Cardinals expect him to return in time for Sunday's series finale. Tommy Pham is starting in his place on Saturday with Kolten Wong shifting to second base.
Jul 2 - 1:17 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

He'll get a breather in what would have been a terrific matchup against Brewers' right-hander Jimmy Nelson. Kolten Wong will start at second base, while Tommy Pham gets the start in center field and will bat leadoff for the Cardinals.
Jul 2 - 12:18 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Cardinals top the Royals 8-4 on Tuesday.

Carpenter took Royals starter Yordano Ventura deep in the fifth inning for a solo shot, his 14th of the year. The dinger vaulted Carpenter to the top of the slugging percentage leaderboard in the National League, a distinction few would guess belongs to the 30-year-old. It's been that kind of year for Carpenter, whose 54 runs scored are second-most in the NL and who also leads the league with a 1.012 OPS. Carpenter is hitting .300/.420/.592 with 49 RBI overall.
Jun 28 - 11:43 PM

Matt Carpenter blasted a pair of bombs at Safeco Field on Sunday, helping to power the Cardinals to an 11-6 victory over the Mariners.

As a team, the Cardinals socked six dingers in the contest. Carpenter's first solo shot came in the sixth inning, extending their lead to 6-3. He then capped off the game's scoring with another solo blast off Vidal Nuno in the ninth. Carpenter also tripled in the contest, finishing the day 3-for-6 with three runs scored. He's having another outstanding season atop the Cardinals lineup, slashing .300/.419/.585 with 13 long balls and 47 RBI.
Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

Matt Carpenter hit his 11th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

Carpenter took Jason Hammel deep in the third inning for the solo job. After a slow start to the year, the 30-year-old has gotten better in each of the first three months, batting .385 in the month of June. The good run has his overall line up to .297/.417/.559 with 43 RBI and 46 runs scored.
Jun 22 - 12:06 AM

Matt Carpenter was responsible for two of the Cardinals' three hits and two of their three walks in Friday's loss to the Rangers.

Carpenter is having another phenomenal season, having already amassed 34 extra-base hits to go along with his .416 OBP. Whether he's a second baseman or a third baseman, he should be a shoo-in for the All-Star Game either way.
Jun 17 - 11:35 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's possible Carpenter's finger is bothering him again, as he exited Thursday's game after jamming it. He returned to action Friday and homered but has now been out of the lineup Saturday and Sunday. Worth noting is that the Cards are facing a lefty for the second straight day, so the club could just be thinking it's a good opportunity to get Carpenter back to 100 percent. Jedd Gyorko is at second base and hitting leadoff Sunday.
Jun 12 - 3:47 PM

Matt Carpenter had a big night at the plate in a 9-3 extra innings win over the Pirates on Friday night, homering and going 2-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and two walks out of the leadoff slot.

Prior to last year Carpenter was never much of a power hitter. His career high was 11 home runs until he hit 28 last year. He has carried that power over to this season as tonight's blast was his 10th of the year. Carpenter is going to start being mentioned as an MVP candidate if he keeps this up. He is approaching the leaderboards with his 44 runs and 42 RBI and boasts a .955 OPS.
Jun 11 - 1:07 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Miguel Socolovich
10Mitch Harris