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Chris Carpenter “not very optimistic” about pitching this year

Aug 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Chris Carpenter experienced a setback in his rehab last week when the numbness in his hand returned and yesterday the Cardinals right-hander told Jenifer Langosch of that he’s “not very optimistic” about pitching this season.

And if that happens he will have thrown all of 31 innings for the Cardinals over the span of two full seasons, last pitching in Game 6 of the NLCS in October. Carpenter is an impending free agent and will be 39 years old next April, so not returning this season could mean never returning.

Carpenter hasn’t said a whole lot about his potential plans beyond 2013, but when asked about his status for 2014 he replied: “That’s a great question.”

  1. 22bju - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Look…. I know that he can’t pitch much because if the injury, and that’s okay.

    He can be a spot reliever or a specialist type. Nobody is going to sign him after this season because of the extra high risk his age and health present.

    If cards qualify for post season what do you have to lose. There is nothing left to protect. This is it, give it a go!!!

  2. sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Hopefully he has a large chunk of the over $98 and a half million dollars he’s earned… as it looks as if he’s through.

    He is a great competitor and I wish him well going forward.

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