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Matt Carpenter | First Baseman | #13

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Monday that he's leaning toward batting Matt Carpenter third and Dexter Fowler leadoff this season.
Carpenter struggled when hitting third at the beginning of last season before performing much better once he returned to his familiar leadoff spot. However, it sounds like he'll get another shot in the No. 3 spot. Tommy Pham is in line to bat second in between Fowler and Carpenter, with new acquisition Marcell Ozuna in the cleanup spot. Jan 15 - 4:48 PM

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Matt Carpenter said last week that his right shoulder "feels great."

"Having no problems there and hopefully completely past that," Carpenter said. "I think we’re good." Carpenter battled nagging pain in the shoulder this past season and was shut down at the end of the year, but an MRI revealed only inflammation and it appears the issue is behind him after a little rest. He's expected to be the Cardinals' first baseman and leadoff hitter in 2018, although it's possible he could move across the diamond to third base if the team adds a first baseman.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 04:27:00 PM

Matt Carpenter will not require surgery on his right shoulder.

Carpenter was shut down last week due to lingering discomfort in his shoulder, but the good news is that an MRI only revealed inflammation. The feeling is that he should be fine with an offseason of rest. Carpenter, 31, batted .241/.384/.451 with 23 homers and 69 RBI over 145 games this season.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 08:50:00 AM

The Cardinals have decided to shut down Matt Carpenter (shoulder) for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Carpenter went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on Thursday and was in noticeable discomfort while swinging. He will undergo another MRI on Friday to determine the full extent of his injury. He remains optimistic that the issue can be corrected with rest and rehab and that he can avoid surgery.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 11:40:00 PM

Matt Carpenter socked a solo homer, reached base three times and scored two runs in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

Carpenter took his good friend Jake Arrieta deep to lead off the bottom of the first inning. It was one of four longballs the Cardinals hit on the night, as Jedd Gyorko, Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk also went deep. Carpenter is not 100 percent as he battles a nagging shoulder injury, but he's now homered five times over his last 16 contests.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 12:11:00 AM

Matt Carpenter hit his 22nd home run of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Pirates.

It was a solo shot in the top of the third inning off Pirates starter Jameson Taillon. Carpenter finished the day 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. He's slashing .246/.387/.455 headed into the final week.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:43:00 PM

Matt Carpenter hit a home run, walked twice and scored twice in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

He got the game started right by popping a leadoff homer in the first inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats but he added two walks to give his excellent on-base percentage a boost. He is slashing .239/.383/.445 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI on the season.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Matt Carpenter (shoulder) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Reds.

Carpenter was on the bench Tuesday and admitted after the game that he will be playing through shoulder discomfort for the remainder of the 2017 regular season. He is starting at first base and hitting leadoff Wednesday versus Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis. Jose Martinez is sitting.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 02:59:00 PM

Matt Carpenter (shoulder) acknowledged Tuesday that he'll be playing through some pain the rest of the way.

Carpenter has been bothered by bursitis in his right shoulder for much of the second half and he was held out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds, with Jedd Gyorko getting the start at third base. Carpenter could be shut down early if (or when) St. Louis gets eliminated. "If we can get on a run, I want to be a part of that and do whatever I can," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This isn’t going to be a crutch for me."
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 09:58:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 07:17:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 01:16:00 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.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 05:20:00 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.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:16:00 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.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 09:42:00 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.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 07:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Francisco Pena
4Steven Baron
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Jose Martinez
3Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
3Oscar Mercado
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
8John Gant
9Austin Gomber
Relief Pitcher
R1Luke Gregerson
2Tyler Lyons
3John Brebbia
4Brett Cecil
5Matt Bowman
6Dominic Leone
7Ryan Sherriff
8Sam Tuivailala
9Joshua Lucas
10Derian Gonzalez
11Preston Guilmet