Chris Carpenter RUMORS & NEWS

  • Mike Matheny gets 3-year contract extension, Chris Carpenter retires

    Redbird Rants "During an afternoon press conference today, St. Louis Cardinals Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr. announced that manager Mike Matheny was given a three year contract extension. General manager John Mozeliak was also on hand for the announcement. Mo really believes Matheny..." November 21

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    Derrick Goold @dgoold

    Chris Carpenter told cardinals he will retire, officially.

  • Chris Carpenter 'will be missed'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "He didn’t throw a pitch in the majors all summer and didn’t handle an inning of the postseason, but throughout October one of the biggest presences in the Cardinals’ dugout and clubhouse was veteran ace Chris Carpenter. Players described his advice. Manager Mike Matheny lauded his influence...." November 02

  • Chris Carpenter not eyeing 2014

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "If veteran ace Chris Carpenter wants to attempt to pitch in 2014 the Cardinals have said he “deserves” a conversation about making that try with them. It’s just not a conversation he’s ready to have now if ever. Carpenter abandoned more than a month ago the idea that he would pitch this season..." September 15

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    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    Chris Carpenter not throwing and said he's not optimistic about his chances to pitch this season. #STLCards

  • Chris Carpenter 'back to square one'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals veteran ace Chris Carpenter halted his rehab because of a creeping numbness in his pitching hand that has stirred concerns it will lead to the condition that has forced him from the mound several times before. Carpenter met with manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak on..." July 24

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    Derrick Goold @dgoold

    Carpenter halts rehab progress. "Going to take a step back," he says. #stlcards #Cardinals

  • Carpenter’s comeback isn’t getting closer

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Chris Carpenter never pretended this was some trip to CandyLand. His attempted comeback from a chronic nerve disorder complicated by lower back issues was advertised as a long shot. Truth to tell, what transpired at AutoZone Park Saturday night did nothing to improve those odds. The 2005..." July 21

  • Chris Carpenter starts rehab assignment

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Chris Carpenter’s comeback gained speed Monday night. The veteran ace is now on the clock. Carpenter, who has missed all season working to return from shoulder and back ailments, began his rehab trek back to the majors with 22/3 innings for Class AA Springfield (Mo.). Carpenter struck out..." July 16

  • Chris Carpenter will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday

    CBSSports.com "Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter will start an official minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Monday, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pitchers get a 30-day rehab window. Carpenter, 38, was not expected to pitch this year due to lingering neck,..." July 11

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    Joe Strauss @JoeStrauss

    Chris Carpenter says he hopes to pitch in 2014, cites L. Hernandez, Pettitte as inspirations.

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    Derrick Goold @dgoold

    #Cardinals are having Carpenter's back evaluated by docs. Tightness limiting his ability to throw, relates to previous back issue. #stlcards

  • Chris Carpenter pleased after throwing live BP

    Belleville News-Democrat "Rehabilitating St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter passed another test on his comeback trail Monday. Carpenter threw 40-plus pitches of live batting practice to teammates Shane Robinson and Matt Adams, both of whom said Carpenter appeared as nasty as ever. Carpenter also was pleased..." June 03

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    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    Change of plans for Carpenter. No longer set to face hitters Tues. #STLCards "backing off", as Carp didn't feel as good after last bullpen.

  • Chris Carpenter has a plan

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Rehabbing righthander Chris Carpenter threw only 30 or so pitches in the bullpen during a Wednesday afternoon session after tossing twice that number Monday. But this was by design, said Carpenter. “It was almost like a pre-game warmup,” said Carpenter. The plan now calls for Carpenter to..." May 16

  • Is bullpen next for Chris Carpenter?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Few contending clubs do bullpen chaos like the Cardinals. Relief intrigue is as St. Louis as a highway do-over, bad diet and “the high school question.” What would April, May and June be locally without playing late-inning connect-the-relievers? A stretch drive is no fun unless predicated on a..." May 05

  • Chris Carpenter says he is unlikely to pitch again

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It took his wife and young son to convince Chris Carpenter to do what his Cardinals teammates could not. On his way back from a family vacation in Puerto Rico, Carpenter stopped by this afternoon for the game and he plans to spend the rest of the week in the Jupiter area and around the..." March 18

  • No more second-guessing Carpenter

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "If Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter wanted to quantify halfway through spring training whether his relocation to second base had been successful in the eyes of the coaches, the lineups and workouts held a clue. He only had to count the grounders. “I have not taken a ground ball at third. I..." March 10

  • Carpenter: 'I'm not dying, I just have a messed-up arm'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter insisted he has not abandoned hope of returning to the mound, but allowed at a morning press conference that he has no answers about why his problematic nerve disorder has returned or how he may address it. Appearing at Busch Stadium a week after the club..." February 11

  • Can the Cardinals Fill the Carpenter-Sized Hole in Their Rotation?

    Viva El Birdos "With the unfortunate news that Chris Carpenter's thoracic outlet syndrome will likely keep him from throwing a pitch in 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals find themselves attempting to fill a Carpenter-sized hole in the starting rotation for the second straight season. Since the news broke last week,..." February 11

  • Remembering Chris Carpenter's on the Field Contributions

    Viva El Birdos "News came down earlier in the week that Chris Carpenter was shutting down for the season before ever really starting up. It was one injury too far for the aging pitcher and things didn't feel right. It's hard to argue the scenario when you read quotes like this: “The phone call went like, ‘I..." February 10

  • Molina: 'Carp made my job easy'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Deep into the game that may come to define his time with the Cardinals, Chris Carpenter faced Ryan Howard and fell behind the Philadelphia Phillies slugger, three balls to no strikes. The Cardinals led the deciding Game 5 of the National League division series, 1-0, and catcher Yadier Molina..." February 07

  • Requiem For a Warrior

    Viva El Birdos "The news came on the radio yesterday, as I was pulling out of a Home Depot parking lot. Early evening, headlights just starting to flick on for the night. I changed the station to 101, and they were talking about Chris Carpenter. It's funny; Chris Carpenter is a healthy adult American in the..." February 06

  • Cards losing more than a pitcher

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When someone gets hurt, the Cardinals typically put out a statement. When it’s something worse, the Cardinals put on suits. When general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny walked into Tuesday afternoon’s news conference at Busch Stadium, both men wore business attire: coat, tie and..." February 06

  • Cards start planning how to fill Carp's spot

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal spent the winter in St. Louis so that he could work out alongside Chris Carpenter, and as recently as last week the rookie watched the club’s veteran ace throw at Busch Stadium. He didn’t sense anything was wrong. Of course, it wasn’t really Carpenter’s style..." February 06

  • Chris Carpenter likely out for 2013 season, retirement possible

    CBSSports.com "Chris Carpenter is very unlikely to pitch during the 2013 season, the Cardinals announced at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. General manager John Mozeliak made the announcement, citing continued issues with the health of Carpenter's right shoulder, neck and arm. Retirement was not..." February 05

  • Carpenter focused on return to rotation

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter started throwing a month earlier than usual this winter because he was so eager to answer any lingering concerns about his repaired shoulder. The question awaiting next winter, however, can wait. Carpenter, who will turn 38 in April, is entering the final..." January 20

  • Carpenter gets call in another key game

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Righthander Chris Carpenter has been in this position four times before, i.e., the chance to close out a postseason series. Carpenter, who will start Game 6 of the National League championship series Sunday night, is hopeful of pitching the Cardinals into the World Series. It will mark the..." October 21

  • Carpenter, Cardinals can't overcome sloppy play in Game 2

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The National League championship series isn't going to be quick, or easy, or pretty. The Cardinals probably didn't need the reminder, but Game 2 against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at AT&T Park left little room for interpretation. The Cardinals finished with one run, five hits,..." October 16

  • A short outing for Carpenter

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals co-aces Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright have earned their October chops by experiencing postseason highs and surviving postseason lows, but this year those unsteady moments are not so easily dismissed as a blip. Each one comes with a qualifier. Both are back in the postseason..." October 16

  • A look at Chris Carpenter and Game 2

    McCovey Chronicles "Chris Carpenter was out for the year. He was dealing with neck problems, and then he had a rib removed because he was suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome. That was in July. He was supposed to be out for the year. Well, he's back and starting for the Cardinals in Game 2. And if that seems..." October 15

  • Game 2 starter Carpenter buoys Cards

    San Francisco Chronicle "Chris Carpenter was aiming to be back pitching for the Cardinals next year. He's well ahead of schedule. He is starting for St. Louis on Monday in Game 2 of the NLCS - three months after having a rib removed, along with two muscles in his neck. At the time of that surgery to resolve a nerve..." October 15

  • Chris Carpenter joins exclusive club with 10th postseason win

    Hardball Talk "Thought to be out for the season after July surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, Chris Carpenter came back to go 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts at the end of the regular seasons. On Wednesday, he picked up his first win in almost a year by shutting out the Nationals for 5 2/3 innings in the..." October 10

  • Carp, Cards blank Nats, move within win of NLCS

    MLB.com "As recently as two months ago, neither Chris Carpenter nor Pete Kozma factored into the Cardinals' postseason plans. Carpenter had just begun exercising following a mid-July surgery that had been termed season-ending. Kozma was pedaling along in Triple-A, where the Cards appeared to be grooming..." October 10

  • Moment of truth for Carpenter

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Plenty of moments challenged Chris Carpenter this year — from the March day he lost sensation in his right shoulder to the July day he submitted to high-risk surgery to the day he disobeyed protocol and began to push himself before doctors recommended. They all led to today's moment at..." October 10

  • Baseball playoffs: Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals' comeback kid

    Toronto Star "Chris Carpenter shouldn't be here. He was supposed to miss the entire season after having surgery to repair nagging nerve damage in his arm and neck. Doctors told him he'd be ready by spring training next year, no sooner. But the 37-year-old right-hander has built his career on unexpected..." October 10

  • Carpenter's Game 3 start long time in making

    MLB.com "Here's a simple, declarative statement: Chris Carpenter will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series for the Cardinals against the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon (Noon CT, MLB Network). Really, though, there was nothing simple about getting to that point. Not earlier in the..." October 09

  • Cubs beat Cards 5-4, spoil Carpenter's return

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs and Cardinals, two long-time heated rivals, met at Wrigley Field Friday, but the game was important for only one of them. The best Cubs fans would hope for was to knock the Cardinals out of the final National League wild card spot. And while the Cardinals still hold onto the final..." September 21

  • Carpenter to start Friday against Cubs

    Fox Sports Midwest "The last time Chris Carpenter appeared in a big league game, he was leading the Cardinals to a Game 7 victory in the World Series on just three days of rest. His teammates can't help but hope for a repeat performance next month. The Cardinals will welcome their ace back to the..." September 21

  • Opening day for Carp, Christmas for Cards

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The last time Chris Carpenter took the mound for the Cardinals in a game, of any kind, was Oct. 27, or, more simply, Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. Carpenter won that game, closing out an unbeaten postseason for him and giving the Cardinals their 11th championship in a stunning,..." September 21

  • Cards welcome back a warrior

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "I'll be in Chicago for the fantastic STL vs. CHI sports weekend. Two days of Cardinals against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, then Sunday's NFL game between the Rams and Bears at Soldier Field. It should be a fun experience, and I'll be cranking out plenty of words. Starting now, actually: •..." September 21

  • Carpenter keeps removed rib for daughter

    Fox Sports Midwest "Chris Carpenter returns to the mound on Friday, after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery on July 19. That surgery involved the removal of a rib. So what do you do with a rib? Carpenter kept it as a souvenir for his daughter. Carpenter told FOX Sports Midwest he kept it because his "daughter..." September 19

  • Cardinals' Carpenter to make 2012 debut vs. Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter will make his season debut Friday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, according to the team's website. Carpenter, who was not expected to pitch at all this season because of nerve-related tissue problems in his neck and shoulder, got..." September 18

  • Chris Carpenter will start Friday

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Chris Carpenter will make his first start of the season Friday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, manager Mike Matheny announced following Sunday's 12-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. After confirming that Carpenter had recovered well from Saturday's 90-pitch simulation, Matheny..." September 17

  • Chris Carpenter to start Friday for Cardinals

    Belleville News-Democrat "The Cardinals have announced that ace Chris Carpenter will make his first start of the season Friday against the Cubs. Obviously, a member of the rotation only plays every fifth game. But Carpenter is the Redbirds' undisputed leader, so I wonder if this will finally be the thing the club will..." September 16

  • Chris Carpenter closer to returning

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Chris Carpenter did his part Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Now it's up to the Cardinals to determine when — and where — he best fits the starting rotation. Carpenter threw a 90-pitch simulated game before about 20 teammates and staff and was convincing enough that manager Mike Matheny..." September 16

  • Chris Carpenter set to rejoin Cards next week

    Rotoworld "Chris Carpenter is expected to make his season debut for the Cardinals next week. That's assuming, of course, that Saturday's 90-pitch simulated game goes off without a hitch. What day Carpenter will debut is still up in the air, but if he gets the ball on regular rest after his simulated game,..." September 14

  • Chris Carpenter is making rapid progress

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "There is a chance, a legitimate chance, that when Chris Carpenter throws four simulated innings against teammates Monday afternoon it will represent his final pretend session against hitters this season. Publicly protective of its timetable for Carpenter's potential return to the active roster,..." September 09

  • Carpenter builds pitch count

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When — and it increasingly looks like when and not if — ace Chris Carpenter makes an appearance for the Cardinals this month, he will move directly from disabled list to wild-card race without the benefit of a rehab assignment or exhibition appearance. "Fun isn't it?" he said. Carpenter..." September 05

  • Chris Carpenter progresses, Cardinals remain quiet on status

    Sporting News "Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter isn't saying if he will pitch this season. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny won't say if Carpenter will, either. But if Carpenter has another successful practice outing like he had Tuesday, during which he threw 50 pitches under simulated-game..." September 04

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