Cardinals’ pitcher Chris Carpenter career is in doubt

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will not pitch during the 2013 season and his career is in jeopardy, the team’s officials announced Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter was not supposed to pitch at all last season after surgery to relieve pressure on the nerves in his right shoulder but he pushed his recovery and pitched in three regular season games and three playoff games. He told the Cardinals on Friday that he “experienced the numbness again in the shoulder and his hand,” said general manager John Mozeliak told the press, reports USA Today.

St. Louis now has an opening in the starting rotation with the loss of Carpenter. They currently have Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook, Lance Lynn and a rehabbing Jaime Garcia.

The team likes the young pitchers Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly coming into spring training.

Manager Mike Matheny said they are excited to see what some of theirs pitchers will do when they are given the opportunity to start this spring, the Belleville News-Democrat is reporting.

In a 15-year career, Carpenter has a 144-94 record and won the NL Cy Young Award in 2005.

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