Matt Carpenter 3B STL 1 week ago

Carpenter left Wednesday's spring training game against the Nationals in the third inning with a right quad contusion.

A quad contusion is probably a best case scenario for Carpenter, as it probably won't cost him too much time overall. He left the game as the result of getting plunked by a pitch, and should be considered day-to-day at this point.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 5 months ago

The Cardinals are considering moving Carpenter from the leadoff spot next season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny are looking at ways to upgrade an offense which finished ninth in the NL in runs scored in 2014 with 619, and moving Carpenter down to second or third in the batting order is one option being considered. While Carpenter has a .384 OBP and has scored more runs (225) than anyone in baseball over the past two seasons, he can also hit for extra bases and the team already has an in-house option in Jon Jay that could be a serviceable replacement atop the lineup. Jay led the team with a .303 average last season and was the leadoff man before Carpenter. Kolten Wong could eventually be an option to bat first, but he'll need to improve his on-base skills significantly before that becomes realistic.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 6 months ago

Carpenter was a late scratch from Sunday's starting lineup.

Carpenter was in the original starting lineup, but was scratched after the Cardinals clinched the NL Central division following Pittsburgh's loss to the Reds. Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta and Jon Jay will take a seat as well.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 6 months ago

Carpenter (illness) is back in the lineup Monday against the Cubs, FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Carpenter has been held out of the starting lineup for back-to-back days, but both he and teammate Matt Adams -- who was also dealing with a "bug" -- will return to action Monday night. Carpenter will resume his regular role manning the hot corner and hitting atop the order.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 6 months ago

Carpenter (illness) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Carpenter, as well as teammate Matt Adams, is dealing with a "bug" that kept him out of action Saturday. It's unknown whether Carpenter will be available off the bench Sunday night, but the team will likely hold him out to rest up, if possible.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 7 months ago

Carpenter is out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

This looks like nothing more than a day off for Carpenter, his first since June 17. Daniel Descalso will assume duties at the hot corner as Jon Jay leads off against right-hander Gerrit Cole. Carpenter went just 3-for-24 in his last eight games of August to end the month with a .248/.369/.371 batting line.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 7 months ago

Carpenter was 3-for-4, falling a triple short of the cycle while scoring twice and driving in three in the win over San Diego Sunday.

Carpenter has done well to prove last year was no fluke, while his numbers are slightly down they're still some of the best at his position. He's hitting .284/.379/.400 with 79 runs scored and 29 doubles.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 8 months ago

Carpenter went 3-for-5 while scoring twice Wednesday in a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

His .318/.392/.481 line from 2013 is unrepeatable, but Carpenter continues to get on base (.377 OBP) and score runs (76) among the best in the league.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 8 months ago

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 in a win over the Cubs on Sunday.

The three-hit afternoon was his second three-hit game in his last three starts, and Carpenter is 9-for-21 with five runs scored in his last five games. The good stretch has run his line to .284/.377/.392. The leadoff hitter is a strong bet to finish among the NL leaders in runs scored for a second straight year.

Matt Carpenter 3B STL 8 months ago

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 and belted a solo home run in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Carpenter's solo shot off Travis Wood in the fifth inning was his sixth homer of the season. He's enjoying another very solid season atop the Cardinals lineup, slashing .282/.375/.393 with 65 runs scored and 36 RBI.