Skip to content

Chris Carpenter could return as a reliever

May 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

Chris Carpenter Getty Images

The Cardinals’ starting rotation is doing quite well thus far, leading baseball with an aggregate 2.07 ERA. Their bullpen, on the other hand, brings up the rear at 5.67. They have lost Jason Motte for the season as the right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery. Mitchell Boggs‘ stint at closer was short-lived as his 12.66 ERA in 10.2 innings earned him a demotion to Triple-A Memphis. Marc Rzepczynski, too, was demoted to Memphis with a 7.88 ERA. It’s ugly.

What are the Cardinals to do about their bullpen? According to Joe Strauss, John Mozeliak’s hope is that 2005 Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter will be able to rejoin the team in the summer and serve the team as a reliever as summer approaches.

This is no stunt or pat on the head to a veteran unwilling to concede the obvious. Both parties believe Carpenter can potentially address the gash to the bullpen’s starboard side.

“I’m candidly optimistic and excited about him contributing,” Mozeliak says.

Carpenter remains on the team’s 60-day disabled list, meaning he can not be activated sooner than the end of this month. Though no formal timetable is in place, Mozeliak thinks a projected return in late June or early July reasonable.

Though not the norm, it isn’t surprising to see an injured starter returning as a reliever. John Smoltz is an example that immediately comes to mind. Livan Hernandez pitched out of the bullpen last year with the Braves and Brewers after having made 474 consecutive starts between 1997-2011, though not with much success.

Latest Posts
  1. Padres trade Reymond Fuentes to the Royals for Kyle Bartsch

    Nov 20, 2014, 9:25 PM EST

    Reymond Fuentes Reymond Fuentes

    The Padres and Royals made a trade ahead of the 40-man roster deadline.

  2. Rays expected to designate Jose Molina for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 8:35 PM EST

    Jose Molina Jose Molina

    The Rays are expected to eschew Jose Molina from their 40-man roster ahead of the midnight deadline.

  3. That thing about Jose Canseco’s finger falling off? It was a hoax.

    Nov 20, 2014, 7:45 PM EST

    Jose Canseco Jose Canseco

    Jose Canseco made up the whole thing about his reattached finger falling off and wanting to sell it on the Internet.

  4. White Sox among teams interested in Melky Cabrera

    Nov 20, 2014, 6:55 PM EST

    Melky Cabrera AP

    The White Sox are apparently one of three teams showing interest in free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

  5. Pirates claim Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals

    Nov 20, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

    Pedro Florimon Pedro Florimon

    The Pirates picked up Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals on Thursday evening.

  6. Yankees sell Zelous Wheeler to Japanese team

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

    Zelous Wheeler Yankees Getty Images

    Wheeler made his big-league debut this season when injuries wrecked the Yankees’ roster.

  7. Rockies designate Juan Nicasio for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio Getty Getty Images

    As recently as mid-September manager Walt Weiss was talking Nicasio up as a reliever for 2015.

  8. The Braves are a “dark horse” for Yasmany Tomas

    Nov 20, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

    yasmany tomas getty Getty Images

    Could a team that is unloading salary go nine-figures on an outfielder?

  9. White Sox designate Ronald Belisario for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

    Ronald Belisario AP

    Belisario served as the White Sox’s closer for part of this season.

  10. Tigers claim Josh Zeid off waivers from Astros

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    Josh Zeid Astros AP

    Zeid underwent season-ending foot surgery in July.

  11. The pace-of-play rules in the Arizona Fall League were a mixed bag

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:01 PM EST

    pitch clock

    And it’s not at all clear when or if those experiments will translate into rules changes.

  12. Phillies have “cooled” on signing Yasmany Tomas

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:50 PM EST

    yasmany tomas getty Getty Images

    Presumed front-runners may have changed their minds.

  13. Nationals telling teams Jordan Zimmermann is “available”

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:14 PM EST

    Jordan Zimmermann AP

    Zimmermann has just one season remaining until he’s eligible for free agency and the 28-year-old right-hander is in line for a massive payday.

  14. Yasmany Tomas is unlikely to sign in the next couple of weeks

    Nov 20, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

    yasmani tomas cuba getty Getty Images

    The Cuban outfielder is letting his market develop, it seems.

  15. Who are the favorites to sign Max Scherzer?

    Nov 20, 2014, 10:45 AM EST

    Max Scherzer AP

    For now at least there doesn’t seem to be a clear front-runner.

  16. Owners to give Rob Manfred a five-year deal today

    Nov 20, 2014, 9:24 AM EST

    Rob Manfred AP AP

    The new commish takes over on January 25.

  17. Delmon Young wants a two-year deal

    Nov 20, 2014, 8:54 AM EST

    Delmon Young Getty Images

    He was a nice pickup for the O’s last season. But do you give Delmon Young a multi-year deal?

Featured video

Maddon has high hopes for Cubs
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (5147)
  2. P. Sandoval (3695)
  3. R. Martin (3642)
  4. J. Lester (3436)
  5. Y. Tomas (2734)
  1. T. Hunter (2404)
  2. J. Heyward (2302)
  3. M. Scherzer (2101)
  4. B. Butler (1994)
  5. J. Hellickson (1904)