|Feb. 11 9:54 AM PT10:54 AM MT11:54 AM CT12:54 PM ET12:54 ET17:54 GMT1:54 CST10:54 AM MST12:54 PM EST1:24 PM VEN21:54 UAE11:54 AM CT-Carpenter hasn't ruled out pitching again, including this year. The 37-year-old pitcher met with reporters at Busch Stadium on Monday as pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Last week, the team all but ruled him out for this year after problems in his right arm.
Analysis: Carpenter is entering the second year of a two-year, $21 million contract and said he owed it the organization to keep trying. But after undergoing an eighth surgery last season, he said there would not be a ninth. Carpenter knew something was wrong a few weeks ago when his hand turned red and purple and was aching soon after he began throwing from a mound.
|Feb. 5 11:57 AM PT12:57 PM MT1:57 PM CT2:57 PM ET14:57 ET19:57 GMT3:57 CST12:57 PM MST2:57 PM EST3:27 PM VEN23:57 UAE1:57 PM CT-General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Carpenter almost certainly won't pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season.
Analysis: Retirement isn't official yet. Carpenter plans to seek further medical evaluation. But Mozeliak seemed resigned to losing him. "He's leaving the door slightly open, but it's unlikely," Mozeliak said of Carpenter's return.