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Matt Carpenter | Third 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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Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday afternoon.
He'll get a breather against opposing southpaw Brandon Finnegan. The 32-year-old is off to a slow start offensively, hitting just .174/.355/.348 with two homers and seven RBI in his first 46 at-bats. Apr 14 - 10:11 AM

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Matt Carpenter belted a walk-off, two-run home run in the 11th inning of Tuesday's victory over the Brewers.

The Cardinals scored runs in the bottom of the ninth and 10th innings to tie things up and won it in the 11th. Carpenter's blast was the team's first extra-base hit of the game. Carpenter also had a single and a pair of walks in a much-needed big night for a guy who has started slow this season.
Apr 11 - 12:25 AM

Matt Carpenter clubbed his first home run of the season as the Cardinals fell to the Mets on Saturday.

Carpenter tagged Mets' reliever Anthony Swarzak for the solo shot in the eighth inning, trimming the Cardinals' deficit to 5-2. That's as close as they would get. Carpenter finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is hitting .250 (2-for-8) on the young season.
Mar 31 - 4:33 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a double Friday to maintain his .500 average.

Carpenter has really made up for lost time since returning from a back injury, going 9-for-18 with two homers and a 1/5 K/BB ratio. He played third base today, and it looks like the Cardinals are particularly interested in giving him time around the infield in order to keep Jose Martinez in the mix at first.
Mar 23 - 4:26 PM

Matt Carpenter finished 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Wednesday against the Marlins.

Carpenter is 6-for-13 with two homers since returning from his back injury. The Cardinals used him at second base today, and it seems clear that they'd like to move him around the infield in order to free up at-bats for Jose Martinez at first base.
Mar 21 - 6:00 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer as the Cardinals beat the Astros 3-1 on Wednesday.

Carpenter played first base today after DHing in his spring debut Wednesday. The home run came after he stated that he would worry less about homers and more about singles this year. Carpenter has topped 20 homers in three straight years, but he batted just .241 last season. He had his best season in 2013, when he hit .318 with 11 homers in 626 at-bats.
Mar 14 - 5:04 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) walked twice and scored twice in his return to the Cardinals' lineup on Tuesday.

Carpenter didn't abandon his game in an effort to get his swings in during his spring debut. Everything apparently went OK, both in his plate appearances and while running the bases, so expect to see him again in a day or two.
Mar 13 - 4:30 PM

Matt Carpenter said his ailing back felt "perfect" during an intrasquad game Sunday.

Carpenter drew a walk, grounded out and fouled out in three plate appearances and also passed a test with his back when he stumbled while rounding second base but felt fine. He is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut as a designated hitter on Tuesday. Barring a setback, it's looking at this point like Carpenter -- who also has changed his throwing motion this spring in order to protect his shoulder -- should be OK for Opening Day.
Mar 11 - 1:47 PM

Matt Carpenter (back, shoulder) will play in an intrasquad game Sunday.

Assuming he comes out of it with no issues, Carpenter will then make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday at designated hitter. The veteran infielder has dealt with a nagging back injury all camp and the Cardinals are also trying to preserve his shoulder after he had issues with it last season. He has time to get ready for Opening Day but can't afford any missteps.
Mar 11 - 8:55 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Thursday that injury concerns with Matt Carpenter (back, shoulder) could keep him mostly limited to first base.

The Cards told Carpenter going into the offseason to be prepared to move all over the diamond, but he's coming back from a shoulder injury and has yet to play this spring because of a back ailment. "That’s a great question," Matheny said. "I don’t think anything has changed really in our mindset. We’ll have to see how he’s doing all the way around. The shoulder is always something that we’re concerned about. He’s trying to get his back right; he’s also been trying to get his shoulder to a really good place. There might be something that would push him more toward first base than third." If Carpenter winds up being limited to one position, it would be bad news for Jose Martinez. Carpenter took batting practice in the cage Thursday and expects to be able to get in two weeks' worth of Grapefruit League games in order to prepare for Opening Day.
Mar 9 - 8:40 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expressed concern Tuesday that Matt Carpenter (back) might not be ready for Opening Day.

Carpenter has resumed baseball activities this week in Cardinals camp, but he is still a ways away from making his Grapefruit League debut and Matheny is worried that his timing at the plate might not be there come March 29. "If this doesn't stay on track, I don't know if he'll be timed up," Matheny said. "Physically, I think he'll be ready. Whether he's timed up and actually ready to be at his best when we bust out of the gate [on Opening Day] in New York. … I think we're at that point right now." St. Louis could use Jose Martinez at first base (and Jedd Gyorko as the everyday third baseman) if Carpenter isn't quite ready.
Mar 6 - 5:51 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) could swing a bat as early as Tuesday.

Carpenter has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut due to some back tightness which sprung up near the start of camp, but he's said all along that he's not concerned. Barring any setbacks, there's still plenty of time for him to get ready for Opening Day.
Mar 5 - 10:11 AM

The Cardinals have not yet set a date for Matt Carpenter's (back) Grapefruit League debut.

Carpenter has dealt with some back tightness since the beginning of camp. He's been going through drills and on Saturday pulled around 200 pounds on a sled. The infielder remains unconcerned about the injury. "It’s a good burn," Carpenter said of Saturday's workout. "It’s all the progression of getting back on the field. You’ve got to cross some things off the checklist, and we crossed that one off. Everything is falling into place. If this was the middle of the season, I’d be playing through it. But we’re just playing it real smart. As you can see, I’m not immobilized."
Mar 4 - 8:46 AM

Matt Carpenter said Tuesday that he is "not concerned at all" about his sore back.

Carpenter has yet to resume baseball activities since coming down with some mild back discomfort nine days ago in Cardinals camp, though he did stand in the batter's box Tuesday during live BP -- without swinging. "We’re taking it by step by step," said Carpenter. "It’s pretty similar to what we’ve had in the past. Just trying to be pro-active ... I'm not concerned at all." The 32-year-old is in no danger of missing the start of the regular season at this point.
Feb 27 - 4:28 PM

Matt Carpenter (back) is scheduled to take live batting practice Wednesday in Cardinals camp.

Carpenter had been limited to light workouts for the past couple of days due to back tightness, but there is no indication that it's a serious concern. The 32-year-old batted .241/.384/.451 with 23 home runs, 69 RBI, and 91 runs scored in 145 games last season for St. Louis. He's expected to play first base, third base, and maybe even some second base in 2018. Jose Martinez is also in the mix at first base and Jedd Gyorko projects for significant playing time at third.
Feb 21 - 10:35 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Francisco Pena
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Bud Norris
2Greg Holland
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Jordan Hicks
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10Ryan Sherriff