Looks Like It's Over for Cards' Carpenter


When someone gets hurt, the Cardinals typically put out a statement.

When it’s something worse, the Cardinals put on suits.

When general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny walked into Tuesday afternoon’s news conference at Busch Stadium, both men wore business attire: coat, tie and firm expressions. This was not business casual, but rather serious business. A possibility the club had confronted numerous times but somehow avoided in recent years had become reality.

On Friday, Chris Carpenter, his voice wavering, phoned Mozeliak to inform him: “I can’t pitch.”

Carpenter didn’t mean he couldn’t pitch that day, or this week, or couldn’t take his first couple turns during next month’s Grapefruit League play.

This time,...

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