Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Jun 07 '12

Matt Carpenter (oblique) took batting practice on the field Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest afterwards that he made some "aggressive cuts" and it "felt good." The 26-year-old utilityman is on track to return to the major leagues within the next seven days. He has been sidelined since May 23 with an oblique strain.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Jun 06 '12

Matt Carpenter (oblique) has resumed baseball-related activities and is scheduled to take batting practice on the field Thursday.

If he continues to progress, he'll begin a rehab assignment in the coming days. Carpenter has been out since May 23 with a strained oblique but should be ready at some point next week if he can avoid setbacks.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL May 23 '12

Cardinals placed INF Matt Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Carpenter suffered the injury on a first-inning double on Tuesday. The severity of the injury isn't yet known, but oblique injuries usually mean more than a minimum stay on the disabled list. Rookie Matt Adams should have the clear path to playing time at first base for now.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL May 22 '12

Updating an earlier item, Matt Carpenter left Tuesday's game in the first inning with right side tightness.

It sure looked like an oblique injury, but he'll be examined Wednesday before we know for sure. A trip to the disabled list cannot be ruled out.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL May 22 '12

Matt Carpenter left Tuesday's game in the first inning with an apparent right oblique injury.

Carpenter lined a double to the wall in left field but immediately grabbed his right field before chugging slowly to second base. We'll update his status when he have official word, but it sure looked like yet another DL-type injury for the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Apr 21 '12

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 but the Cardinals fell to A.J. Burnett and the Pirates on Saturday.

The high-powered Cardinals offense only managed five hits on the night, with Carpenter being the one standout performer. He's done a nice job filling in for the injured Lance Berkman and raised his average to .314 (11-for-35) with the two-hit effort.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Apr 17 '12

Matt Carpenter launched a walkoff sacrifice fly to right field in the 10th inning of Tuesday's 2-1 defeat of the Reds.

Carpenter was on the bench most of the night with Lance Berkman (calf) back in action, but the 26-year-old utilityman still managed to play the role of hero. He's batting .409/.400/.818 with 11 RBI in 24 plate appearances this year, and has likely bought himself significantly more time on the 25-man roster.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Mar 27 '12

Matt Carpenter has earned a 25-man roster spot.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes: "The announcement hasn't been made yet but Carpenter, hitting .364, will be on the Cardinals' bench April 4 when they open the season in Miami." The versatile 26-year-old has displayed decent offensive potential in the minors and could carry some value in NL-only fantasy formats if he somehow happens into regular playing time. For now, he will function as a utilityman.