Cardinals

Chris Carpenter Likely Won’t Pitch in 2013

View Comments
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter watches the action against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 20, 2012. (UPI/ Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter watches the action against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 20, 2012. (UPI/ Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis Cardinals
Upcoming Games

Buy Cardinals Tickets Full Schedule
Cardinals Central
Shop for Cardinals Gear
Buy Cardinals Tickets

MLB Scoreboard
MLB Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter “is very unlikely” to take the mound in the 2013 season, it was announced in a Tuesday afternoon news conference at Busch Stadium.

G.M. John Mozeliak said that Carpenter was feeling numbness in his arm and is contemplating retirement.

“He was sad,” Mozeliak said. “I didn’t see him live — I was on the phone — but he was definitely teary-eyed and I think he felt like, to some degree, he was letting us down. I assured him that was far from the truth and that we were grateful for all that he’s done for this organization. At that point, I was still wondering if there was some hope for resolution on this. But both Mike and I have talked to him numerous times since then, and I think, right now, what he wants to do is make sure that whatever is going on in his neck, shoulder and arm is not going to preclude him from having a normal after-career life.”

Carpenter, who will turn 37 in April, is said to be seeking out more information before speaking publicly. Mozeliak said Carpenter is placed on DL and not retiring.

According to the team, if Carpenter were to retire now, he would forfeit the $12.5 million he’s slated to earn in 2013. The more likely scenario is that Carpenter will hold off on that announcement until after the season, which would coincide with the end of his current contract.

Mozaeliak said he was “absolutely surprised” by the news. “I knew it could be plausible but hearing it the way we did, it was certainly shocking.” Mozaeliak told reporters that the main thing the organization is going to miss is Carpenter’s leadership.

With Carpenter out of the equation, the Cardinals will either have to lean on one of their young starting pitchers — a group that includes Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal — or look for help from outside. Free agent Kyle Lohse remains unsigned.

When asked if this news would prompt them to reconsider the Lohse situation. Mozeliak said the team is “confident” in what they have. They are open to opportunity but not willing to discuss a specific player at this time.
—————————————–

KMOX © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,118 other followers