Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter made his first appearance of the year it the outfield during Monday's 12-inning game.

Carpenter has made 14 starts in the outfield as a major leaguer, so it's not unfamiliar territory for him. Most of those came in 2012, though. He made just one start and one other appearance in right field last year.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored against the Pirates on Sunday.

Carpenter is still searching for his power stroke, as the double was just his second of the year to go with one home run. In all, the third baseman is batting .281/.377/.333. One thing that isn't lacking is his runs scored, as Sunday's was his 18th run scored this season after scoring 126 last year.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter had a four-hit night from the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Mets.

Carpenter scored once and was thrown out at home plate trying to score the tying run in the ninth. He's scored 15 runs in 22 games for the season. That doesn't quite match last year's pace, but it certainly isn't bad.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

It's simply a routine day of rest. Daniel Descalso is at third base in Carpenter's place, while Kolten Wong is holding down the leadoff spot. Peter Bourjos is also sitting out, with Jon Jay handling center field.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter was ejected from Monday's game against the Brewers for arguing a called strike three.

Carpenter had a beef, as the ball was clearly outside. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson had been calling the pitch a strike all night and evidently didn't care for Carpenter objecting to his poor zone. Daniel Descalso replaced Carpenter at third base.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Cubs on Saturday.

Carpenter had an RBI single in a four-run second inning and another one in a five-run fourth. With a .300/.431/.375 batting line to go along with one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored through 11 games, the 28-year-old has picked up from where he left off last year.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 5 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI versus the Astros on Friday.

In four spring trainings with the Cardinals, Carpenter has never failed to post a .400 OBP. He has a .316 average and a .435 OBP at the moment.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 6 Months

Cardinals signed INF Matt Carpenter to a six-year, $52 million contract extension.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Friday that the team was close to the deal, and confirmed the two sides reached an agreement early Saturday. It's a nice reward for the 28-year-old who's coming off a brilliant 2013 season in which he slashed .318/.392/.481 with 11 homers, 78 RBI, and a league-high 126 runs scored. He'll be shifting to third base full-time in 2014 to make room for Kolten Wong at second.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 6 Months

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with Matt Carpenter on a multi-year contract extension.

The team has called a 10:00 AM press conference on Saturday to announce the signing. The deal is believed to be a six-year pact in the range of $51-$55 million. The deal effectively buys out the first two years of free agency for the 28-year-old infielder.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 6 Months

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are "close to finalizing" a six-year extension with Matt Carpenter worth $51-55 million.

Goold says the contract "could be finalized and announced this weekend." Carpenter isn't eligible for arbitration until after this season, so the six-year deal would buy out his first two years of free agency. The fact that the infielder is 28 makes the extension a little risky, but as long as he stays healthy it should wind up being a good deal for the Cardinals.