15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
22 hours ago

Manager Mike Matheny suggested Sunday that Carpenter (oblique) could head out on a rehab assignment within the next few days, Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Still without a concrete timetable, it appears to be taking shape. Carpenter has missed approximately three weeks because of the issue at this point, so he may require more than a couple games before returning to the big league squad. An early August return seems plausible if he indeed begins his rehab assignment in the near future but a return date should firm up as it draws closer.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 days ago

Carpenter has been cleared for limited baseball activities, Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter was taking grounders and throwing to first on Friday before the Cardinals game against the Dodgers. It's unclear when Carpenter will be cleared to start a rehab assignment, but this is a step in the right direction. Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia have been filling in at third base during Carpenter's absence.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter (oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter sustained a high oblique strain while taking a swing during Wednesday night's game. While the Cardinals are yet to offer a timetable, Carpenter is expected to miss several weeks, likely beyond the requisite 15 days. Kolten Wong, who is in Thursday's lineup, figures to be the primary beneficiary so long as Carpenter remains out.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter suffered an oblique strain Wednesday and manager Mike Matheny said there is a "high level of concern," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

EDGE Analysis

He suffered the injury while taking a swing in Wednesday's game, and this threatens to significantly interrupt what had been another stellar season from the best position player on the Cardinals. A timetable has not been provided, but it's safe to expect Carpenter to miss the rest of the first half and at least several weeks of the second half. Kolten Wong, who replaced Carpenter on Wednesday, figures to be a significant benefactor while Carpenter is out.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter (oblique) left Wednesday's game in the third inning, gripping his side after taking a swing, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter was replaced by Kolten Wong after being examined by a trainer. The 30-year-old has been injury-free up to this point in the season, but he may have injured his side or his lower back and could be shut down until after the All-Star break even if it's just a minor tweak. The Cardinals will likely issue a report on Carpenter by the end of the day Wednesday or Thursday morning.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter is out of the lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

He is just getting a rest day Saturday after starting the last 16 games for the Red Birds. Carpenter may not look the part physically, but he has emerged as a bonafide superstar, and is slashing .299/.422/.579 with 14 homers on the season. Greg Garcia will start at the hot corner and hit eighth Saturday.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
4 weeks ago

Carpenter homered as part of a 2-for-3 game with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter now has three homers in his past three games to raise his total to 14. After setting a career high with 28 home runs last season, Carpenter is on pace to hit 30 in 2016. Carpenter's batting line is up to .300/.420/.592. The resulting 1.012 OPS would be a career best by a whopping 139 points.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
1 month ago

Carpenter hit his 11th home run of the season Tuesday, a solo shot that helped the Cardinals defeat the first-place Cubs 4-3.

EDGE Analysis

Despite his lack of speed, Carpenter has been brilliant this season as the Cardinals leadoff hitter, with a .417 OBP that is tied for second in the NL. His 11 home runs continue his power-hitting pace set last year, when his 28 home runs were more than his previous three seasons combined. Carpenter has been especially productive of late, with an OBP well over .500 in June.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
1 month ago

Carpenter is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter sat out the past two games after jamming his finger Thursday, but he's rejoining the lineup Tuesday at the top the order with the Cardinals facing righty Doug Fister. The versatile infielder has been red hot at the dish in June, slashing .400/.466/.720 with 12 extra base hits in his last 50 at-bats.

15DMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
1 month ago

Carpenter is out of the lineup for the second straight game Sunday against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter didn't get the starting nod Saturday either, but his absence Sunday is most likely due to the fact that the Pirates are sending another left-handed pitcher to the mound in Jon Niese. The infielder did suffer a jammed finger earlier in the week, so it makes sense to give Carpenter an extra day of rest, especially now that the infield has gotten deeper due to the return of Jhonny Peralta. In the meantime, Jedd Gyorko will get the starting nod at second base for the second day in a row.