Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
2 days ago

Carpenter went 1-for-5 with a homer and two strikeouts Wednesday in an 8-1 win over the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

The long ball was his first in two weeks, dating back to Aug. 10 against the Reds. Carpenter cut his strikeout rate earlier this year, but has backslid this month, whiffing 16 times in 16 games; accordingly, he's hitting only .219 in August. Nonetheless, Carpenter has been enormously productive when healthy as the Cards' leadoff hitter, as he'd easily be on pace to clear 100 runs (something he's done in two of the past three seasons) if not for the time he spent on the DL due to an oblique injury.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
2 weeks ago

Carpenter went 2-for-4 Wednesday, hitting a triple and a home run and scoring two of the Cardinals' three runs en route to their 3-2 win over the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter has been phenomenal as the Cardinals' leadoff hitter this season, getting on base at .414 clip. But Carpenter has also been hitting for power, his .553 slugging percentage being a career-best. The home run was Carpenter's 15th of the season, and the triple was his sixth of the year despite not stealing a single base.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter (undisclosed) is back in the starting lineup Monday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals did not offer up an explanation for Carpenter's absence Sunday, but that he's back in the mix for the series opener with the Reds after a one-day layoff suggests that the ailment wasn't a serious one. Carpenter will play second base and lead off for the Cards on Monday.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago2 Comments

Carpenter (undisclosed) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Braves, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter was lifted from Saturday's contest for a reason that wasn't made public, but the team is likely being overly cautious considering he just returned from an oblique injury Friday. With Carpenter on the shelf Sunday, Kolten Wong will get the starting nod at the keystone.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter, who recently returned from an oblique injury, left Saturday's game early, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

Seeing Carpenter leave his second game since being activated off the disabled list should be a concern, but manager Mike Matheny said he checked out fine with the medical team.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter (oblique) was activated from the DL on Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Carpenter will return Friday to face Braves right-hander Joel De La Cruz following a successful four-game rehab stint with Double-A Springfield (4-for-12 with a double and a homer). Carpenter was enjoying a great season before the oblique injury put him on the shelf in early July, slashing .298/.420/.568, and he should continue to provide excellent four-category production while batting atop the Cardinals' order.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 weeks ago

Carpenter (oblique) will be activated prior to Friday's game against the Braves, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

EDGE Analysis

He made his fourth and final rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Springfield and will use Thursday as a rest/travel day before joining the Cardinals for the weekend series at home against the Braves. Carpenter will return to the leadoff spot immediately, but he will move around in the field, primarily seeing time at third base and second base. Owners should be prepared to deploy him immediately upon is activation Friday.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
1 month ago

Carpenter (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Sunday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

The three-time All-Star was recently cleared to resume baseball activities after being shut down for several weeks, and has successfully ramped up close to a rehab assignment. It's uncertain how long Carpenter will need in the minors to prepare for a return to the major league roster, but it seems he has a decent chance to make it back for the start of the team's homestand next week. He will immediately resume his role as the Cardinals' leadoff hitter upon activation.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
1 month 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.

Matt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
1 month 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.