Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 26 Days

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 2B/3B STL 1 Month

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 2B/3B STL 1 Month

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 2B/3B STL 2 Months

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 2B/3B STL 2 Months

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 2B/3B STL 2 Months

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 2B/3B STL 3 Months

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 2B/3B STL 3 Months

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.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over Giants.

Carpenter is riding a seven-game hitting streak and has collected three hits in two of his last three. The veteran third sacker is getting on base as he usually does -- a .378 clip -- but isn't squeezing enough juice out of his swings, with a drop in gap power this year. His slugging percentage is .389, down from a career .448 mark, and Carpenter is on pace for 36 doubles and eight homers, down from 55 doubles and 11 long flies last season.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter had a nice day at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers, going 3-for-4 with a double.

Carpenter tallied half of the team's six total hits as they were blanked by Clayton Kershaw and company. He also swiped his third base of the season, while raising his season slash to .281/.373/.385.