Chris Carpenter SP STL 9 Months

Chris Carpenter has officially informed the Cardinals that he will retire.

An expected decision. Carpenter attempted to make a comeback earlier this year, but had to shut things down after feeling renewed numbness in his throwing hand. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner call it a career with a 144-94 lifetime record to go along with a 3.76 ERA. He is expected to remain with the organization in a yet-to-be announced position.

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak will offer Chris Carpenter a front office role or another job elsewhere in the organization.

Carpenter will retire this offseason due to injuries. "I don't want to ... guess what he was trying to tell me or read the tea leaves," Mozeliak said. "In time, we'll all sit down and talk. ... I welcome that conversation. We touched on some things before the season ended, but obviously with everything going on in October, we never really ironed anything out." The 38-year-old right-hander won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 and possesses two World Series rings (from 2006 and 2011).

Chris Carpenter SP STL 10 Months

Chris Carpenter's agent, Bob LaMonte, told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that his client is retiring.

"Chris basically came back from five career-ending surgeries," said LaMonte. "I don't think you'll ever see anyone do that again. He had a sixth one and it was too many. He had a great career, a great human being." Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said this weekend that the door is open for Carpenter to assume a role in the front office. The 38-year-old right-hander won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005 and possesses two World Series rings (from 2006 and 2011). He can get a third this year if the Cards go the distance.

Chris Carpenter SP STL Aug 05 '13

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) said Monday that he's not currently throwing and isn't optimistic about pitching this season.

Carpenter wasn't originally expected to pitch at all this season, but he managed to ramp up a throwing program and even go out on a minor league rehab assignment. However, he shut things down late last month after feeling renewed numbness in his pitching hand. It sounds like a comeback will have to wait until 2014, if at all.

Chris Carpenter SP STL Jul 23 '13

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) has halted his rehab assignment.

"Going to take a step back," the veteran right-hander told reporters on Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Carpenter was shelled for four runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings this past Saturday at Triple-A Memphis and had a familiar feeling of numbness in his pitching hand. There is no longer a timetable for his return.

Chris Carpenter SP STL Jul 22 '13

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) acknowledged this weekend that he still has a "long way to go."

Carpenter allowed four runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings Saturday at Triple-A Memphis. It was his second minor league rehab start. "I have a long way to go before I can get outs up there," the veteran righty told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "If I can't get outs down here, never mind getting outs up there. I didn't feel like I was as sharp as I needed to be or should have been. It wasn't what I was looking for.

Chris Carpenter SP STL Jul 20 '13

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) allowed four runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings Saturday in his rehab start for Triple-A Memphis.

He struck out two and walked two in the 74-pitch outing. It wasn't the kind of performance that's likely to get him right back into the major league rotation. At least one more rehab start is going to be necessary.

Chris Carpenter SP STL Jul 18 '13

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) will shift his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis this Saturday.

Carpenter allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings in his rehab debut Monday with Double-A Springfield, but he flashed good velocity and reported no physical issues. The veteran right-hander is now just one step away from returning to the Cardinals, though he seems likely to make more than one start with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Joe Kelly will continue to serve as St. Louis' fifth starter for the time being.

Chris Carpenter SP STL Jul 15 '13

Chris Carpenter (shoulder) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings Monday in his first rehab start with Double-A Springfield.

The good news is that he struck out five and reportedly touched 95 mph on the radar gun. Of course, the Cardinals' main concern is how Carpenter feels, and it appears that he made it through the outing with no physical issues. The veteran right-hander could rejoin the Cards' rotation later this month if all goes well.

Chris Carpenter SP STL Jul 11 '13

Shane Robinson told reporters that Chris Carpenter's cutter was "virtually unhittable" on Wednesday.

Robinson was one of a couple hitters standing in the box for Carpenter's 100-pitch simulated game at Busch Stadium and provided rave reviews afterward. Carp has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Springfield and could be allowed to join the Cardinals' starting rotation around early August.