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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
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.
Carpenter is just getting a breather. Brandon Moss will handle first base in his absence and bat third against A's right-hander Zach Neal. Carpenter enjoyed a monster first half but has slumped since the All-Star break (.219 AVG in 73 at-bats). Aug 27 - 4:55 PM

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Matt Carpenter singled in two runs in an improbable ninth-inning comeback win for the Cardinals over the Reds on Monday.

He also doubled earlier in the game. Carpenter's single came with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 4-2. The Cards wound up having seven straight batters reach base with two outs in the ninth, winning it when Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. There was a scare with Carpenter over the weekend when it appeared he might have re-injured his oblique, but it looks like he's going to be OK.
Aug 9 - 12:14 AM

Matt Carpenter is back in Monday's lineup versus the Reds.

Carpenter had a scheduled day off on Sunday. He just returned from the disabled list on Friday and made an early exit on Saturday after Cardinals manager Mike Matheny didn't like what he saw, but he went through a battery of tests which confirmed that his oblique injury has healed. Daily Slant: Despite the fact that stuck in a L/L match-up, don't rule Carpenter out as a solid DFS play. He's still the owner of a solid .370 wOBA, .204 ISO and 30.7 hard% against southpaws, putting him squarely in play as a GPP option against Cody Reed. The Reds lefty has allowed a wOBA of over .400 to hitters from both sides and the match-ups should improve as the Reds get into their bullpen. Cincinnati's bullpen has allowed 224 ERs this season, most in the majors.
Aug 8 - 4:18 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Sunday was a scheduled day off for Matt Carpenter and he will return to the lineup Monday.

Carpenter was lifted from Saturday's game after he "didn't look right," according to Matheny, but he went through a battery of tests Saturday night and Sunday morning and was deemed fully healthy. "You do so many drills and everything is so controlled for a long period of time -- whether it's range of motion or intensity -- that even when you do let it go, you wonder, 'Is there a movement that's going to take me backwards?'" Matheny said. "He's just at that point of trusting it."
Aug 7 - 2:40 PM

Matt Carpenter is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Carpenter was pulled from Saturday's game after he "didn't look right," according to manager Mike Matheny. The skipper said Carpenter checked out fine medically, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he's still feeling some effects from the oblique injury he just returned from. Kolten Wong is at second base.
Aug 7 - 11:54 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he removed Matt Carpenter from Saturday's game against the Braves because he "didn't look right."

He bowed out in the sixth inning after going 0-for-2 with a walk in his first three plate appearances. Carpenter checked out fine when he was tested by the medical staff but it looks like he might still be feeling the effects of a strained oblique that sidelined him for most of last month. Kolten Wong replaced Carpenter at second base and could start there Sunday if Carpenter is given the day off.
Aug 6 - 11:54 PM

Cardinals activated 3B Matt Carpenter from the 15-day disabled list.

Carpenter missed a month of action with a strained oblique. He's expected to split his time between second and third base with Jhonny Peralta covering shortstop for Aledmys Diaz (thumb).
Aug 5 - 4:07 PM

Matt Carpenter (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Carpenter played in his fourth and final rehab game Wednesday night with Triple-A Memphis and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but he was 4-for-8 with a home run and a double entering the evening. Carpenter will likely see starts at both second base and third base upon returning to St. Louis. The three-time All-Star been out since early July with a right oblique strain.
Aug 4 - 10:43 AM

Matt Carpenter (oblique) will play second base and third base during his minor league rehab assignment.

The Cardinals are shuffling things now that Aledmys Diaz is sidelined with a hairline fracture in his thumb. Carpenter missed most of July with an oblique strain, but he could rejoin the Cardinals as soon as Friday.
Aug 1 - 7:27 PM

Matt Carpenter (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday.

If all goes well, Carpenter is expected to be activated from the disabled list next Friday. The infielder has been on the shelf for the last three weeks with a strained right oblique.
Jul 29 - 5:21 PM

Matt Carpenter (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment later this week.

Carpenter resumed some baseball activities on Friday and evidently has responded well. He shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated, so a return within the next week or so would seem to be a possibility. Carpenter has missed the last two and a half weeks with a right oblique strain.
Jul 24 - 5:23 PM

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'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

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Tommy Pham
2Randal Grichuk
3Jeremy Hazelbaker
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Luke Weaver
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Zach Duke
5Matt Bowman
6Tyler Lyons
7Alex Reyes
8Seth Maness
9Jonathan Broxton
10Jerome Williams
11Miguel Socolovich
12Jordan Walden
13Mitch Harris