February 6, 2013 |
CHRIS CARPENTER might have thrown his final pitch. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Carpenter almost certainly won't pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season. Carpenter plans to seek further medical evaluation. In other news: * Milwaukee's Ryan Braun says he used the man who ran the Florida clinic now under investigation by Major League Baseball as a consultant on his drug-suspension appeal last year and nothing more.
November 8, 2011 |
THE TEXAS Rangers are trying to figure out who released the profanity-laden locker-room speech that manager Ron Washington gave to his players before the team's Game 7 clash with the Cardinals in the World Series. "It's unacceptable for this type of thing to be out there," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told ESPNDallas.com yesterday. "It was a private moment for the team, not meant for anyone else's ears. We're looking into it, probably won't have additional comments until we've finished that process.
February 7, 2013
Chris Carpenter, one of the best clutch pitchers in the storied history of the St. Louis Cardinals, may have thrown his final pitch. General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Carpenter almost certainly won't pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season. Carpenter did not attend, and Mozeliak said the emotions for the 37-year-old were still too raw. Retirement isn't official.
October 2, 2011 |
Downing beers in a hotel room doesn't seem the ideal setting to practice mind control, but Chris Carpenter recalled when he and Roy Halladay did so as teammates in Toronto. At the time, they were two righthanders still trying to find their way, intrigued by a book titled The Mental ABC's of Pitching by the late Harvey Dorfman, learning how to mentally clear out the clutter. "If you can't figure out how to get rid of [the distraction], it's pretty tough to execute what you're trying to do," the Cardinals' big righthander said Saturday.
October 6, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - It is a stacked deck of a starting rotation, aces everywhere you look. It is a rotation put together by the Phillies for the sole purpose of papering over whatever other deficiencies might prevent the team from competing for a championship. Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt. Each has been a wonderful pitcher over the long course of his career. Each has helped get the Phils to this point - in the playoffs and trying to fight their way through to the end. But now, for anyone who has been paying attention, there is only one game that matters, and only one of the stars who is supposed to take the ball on Friday night and decide things in this opening-round death struggle against the St. Louis Cardinals.
September 16, 2011
At Citizens Bank Park. Friday at 7:05 p.m. St. Louis LHP Jaime Garcia (12-7, 3.68 ERA) vs. RHP Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92) Saturday at 7:05 p.m. St. Louis RHP Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61) vs. RHP Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88) Sunday at 8:05 p.m. St. Louis RHP Chris Carpenter (9-9, 3.80) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (14-8, 2.71) Monday at 7:05 p.m. St. Louis RHP Kyle Lohse (13-8, 3.62)
June 6, 2011
If I were a Carpenter Chris Carpenter (1-5) pitched nine innings against the Cubs on Sunday, surrendering seven hits and two walks. The Cardinals' righthander finished strong, retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced, with the base runner coming on a walk. But his teammates were gripped by whatever ails the Phillies and went extra innings with Chicago before winning, 3-2, in 10. Carpenter has won at least 15 games in all of his healthy seasons since 2004, but remained stuck on his lone win back on May 10. Newsy notes Placido Polanco ended Sunday hitting .320 and Domonic Brown was at .304.
April 5, 2012 |
MIAMI - The sellout crowd in the Miami Marlins' new ballpark cheered the introduction of their starters, who were accompanied by women dressed as Latin showgirls. There was another roar for Muhammad Ali, who delivered the first pitch. Then Kyle Lohse and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals went to work, and the place grew quiet. Lohse held Miami hitless until the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth to help the Cardinals win the first game in Marlins Park, 4-1, Wednesday night.
March 15, 2012 |
CHRIS CARPENTER noticed a crowd building behind the chain-link fence. Seems word had spread that the St. Louis Cardinals' ace was doing some throwing. These days, even playing a few minutes of catch is a big deal. "Amazing, isn't it? Did I do OK?" Carpenter asked afterward. The reigning World Series champions certainly hope Carpenter did, since their rotation to open the season may depend on how he feels over the next few days. Carpenter's few minutes of catch with teammate Jake Westbrook yesterday may be considered a positive sign for the Cardinals, who have dealt with a flurry of injuries so far in camp - the status of the guy who won Game 7 of last year's World Series most prominent among them.
September 9, 2010
The Cardinals are in the midst of their worst slump of the season and are in danger of falling out of both the National League Central and wild-card races. The Phillies have to hope the Cardinals' desperation makes them dangerous because Atlanta's 49-19 home record is by far the best in the majors. St. Louis will try to get on track Thursday with staff ace Adam Wainwright going against the Braves' Jair Jurrjens. Wainwright is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, the longest of his career.