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.

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.