Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter out for 2013 season
It is beginning to look like the St. Louis Cardinals’ start right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter may be out for the 2013 season.
John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny, General manager and manager respectively, said on Tuesday that Carpenter will most likely not pitch this season and may be the end of his career. This is due to a re-occurrence of a nerve injury that had him out for most of last season, reports the Associated Press.
While Mozeliak is has pretty much accepted the fate of Carpenter, Carpenter himself has not. He plans to continue to seek medical opinions to see if there is anything that can be done.
Mozeliak said, “He’s leaving the door slightly open, but it’s unlikely.”
Carpenter was a major role model for the club, he was a driving force.
“When he was healthy he was one of the best. He was blessed with talent but he also worked extremely hard. When I think back over the last 10 to 15 years here in St. Louis he was one of those guys who just helped create the model of success. He left nothing to chance,” said Mozeliak.
The signs of the nerve injury began to appear during spring training. After three sessions in the bullpin he began to feel numbness and discomfort in his right shoulder. There was also some bruising and discoloration in his hand, according to MLB.com.
Carpenter has not mentioned retirement and most likely will not until the end of this season. This is the last season in his contract and he is set to earn $12.5 million.
While it looks bad, the Cardinals’ medical staff will look at Carpenter’s injury and will be able to tell how serious it is. Keep an eye out for news about Carpenter and if his career is over or if it is just the season.