Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Oct 25 '12

The Cardinals have instructed Matt Carpenter to work on his defense at second base this winter.

Carpenter profiles better as a third baseman or corner outfielder, but those spots are filled right now in St. Louis and the Cards want to get the 26-year-old's bat in the lineup on a regular basis. He had a promising .294/.365/.463 slash line in 340 plate appearances this season.

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

Taking the spot of the injured Carlos Beltran (knee), Matt Carpenter launched a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

Beltran went down in the first inning with a knee injury, but Carpenter came up huge, taking Matt Cain deep in his first at-bat to give the Cards what turned out to be the winning runs. Although Beltran reportedly could be ready to play in Game 4, the Cardinals have a nice fallback option in Carpenter.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Sep 14 '12

Matt Carpenter will start at second base Friday against the Dodgers.

It's just his second career start (and fourth appearance) at second base. Carpenter has very little experience there, but the Cardinals clearly want to find a way to get his bat into the lineup more often.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Sep 09 '12

Matt Carpenter (hands) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Carpenter had to exit Saturday's contest after he suffered cuts on both hands during a broken-bat single. The cuts have been glued shut, and he's hoping to be able to continue batting without the use of gloves.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Sep 08 '12

Matt Carpenter has been diagnosed with superficial lacerations on both of his hands.

He suffered the minor cuts while singling off Michael Fiers during the third inning of Saturday's game. According to the Cardinals, he is expected to be available on Sunday. And he'll probably switch to batting gloves.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Sep 02 '12

Matt Carpenter returned to action on Saturday September 1.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Aug 31 '12

Matt Carpenter injured his right ankle during a fielding drill prior to Thursday's game.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispacth notes that Carpenter "limped heavily through the clubhouse" after the game. The 26-year-old said he was available to pinch-hit, though, and thinks he could play Friday, if needed.

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

Cardinals activated INF-OF Matt Carpenter from the 15-day disabled list.

Carpenter went 3-for-3 with a home run for Double-A Springfield Thursday in his final rehab game. He'll resume his role as a occasional starter at first base and in the outfield.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Jun 20 '12

Matt Carpenter (oblique) played nine innings in right field Wednesday night with Double-A Springfield.

Carpenter went 0-for-4 at the plate, but that's not something that will bother the Cardinals. The utilityman appears likely to return to the major leagues in time for Friday evening's series-opener in Kansas City. He has been sidelined since late May with a strained right oblique.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL Jun 13 '12

Matt Carpenter (oblique) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Memphis.

Carpenter should only require three or four rehab games and seems likely to return early next week. The utilityman has been out since May 23 with an oblique strain.