OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
2 months ago

Carpenter (shoulder) had an MRI that revealed only inflammation, and he will be able to avoid offseason surgery as a result, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With an offseason to rest, Carpenter should be able to report to spring training in February at full strength. In addition to the shoulder ailment, back, finger, quad, and hip injuries impacted Carpenter at various points in 2017, but he managed to appear in 145 games and reach the 20-homer mark for the third straight season.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals were officially eliminated from postseason contention Thursday, and with that, Carpenter will shut it down and look ahead to 2018. He has been playing through chronic shoulder pain for a while and the team will check in on the condition of his shoulder with another MRI on Friday. Carpenter said he's confident that he will be able to avoid surgery.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, two walks and two runs scored in Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter came in 1-for-32 against Chicago starter Jake Arrieta, but reversed that trend with a home run to lead off the home side of the first inning. His walk rate rose to a robust 17.6 percent with this effort and the leadoff man crossed the 90-run threshold for the fourth time in five seasons by jumping from 89 to 91.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter extended his hitting streak to five games and went 4-for-9 with a double, Sunday's homer and three runs in the weekend series against the Pirates. The foul ball that glanced off the infielder's foot and caused his early exit last Thursday versus the Reds didn't seem to affect him during the three-game set, and he appears primed to finish the season strong despite a career-low .246 average.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter (foot) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter exited Thursday's contest after fouling a ball off his foot, although it didn't seem overly serious at the time. As expected, the 31-year-old is in the lineup for the series opener against Cincinnati, while batting leadoff and manning the hot corner.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter left Thursday's game partially due to manager Mike Matheny's desire to get more speed in the game, and partially because he fouled a ball off his foot, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports. He finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

EDGE Analysis

Harrison Bader pinch hit for Carpenter in a close game, so his ailing foot likely had a part to play in the veteran exiting before the game's conclusion. It remains to be seen if this is an issue that will linger, but he should be considered day-to-day for now.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran is turning in an interesting September with an impressive .931 OPS despite going just 7-for-36 at the dish. Considering he's playing through a nagging shoulder ailment, his .500 slugging percentage for the month is especially impressive. Still, he's probably best viewed as a boom-or-bust option over the final weeks of the campaign, and there is always a chance Carpenter is shut down once the Cardinals are mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter will head to the bench for a breather after starting nine consecutive games at the hot corner, slashing .240/.500/.560 with two homers and a 12:13 K:BB over that stretch. Jedd Gyorko will make his first start at third base since Aug. 26 in his place.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Saturday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter crushed his 20th bomb of the season to put the Cardinals on the board in the eighth inning of a road loss. He doesn't get enough regular at-bats to be in weekly lineups, but his power makes him an interesting option in leagues that allow for daily lineup changes.

OUTMatt Carpenter
1B/2B/3B STL
3 months ago

Carpenter went 1-for-1 with an RBI double, four walks and two runs scored in Tuesday's 13-4 win over the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Carpenter roped a double in his lone at-bat and saw 27 total pitches. The veteran infielder's OBP jumped from .376 to .382 with this effort and he now has just 12 more strikeouts (110) than walks (98) this season. His combination of power and batting eye is what makes Carpenter such a valuable asset out of the leadoff spot for manager Mike Matheny, and both of those skills were on display here.