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29 Chris Carpenter SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/230 | Birthdate: 4/27/1975 | Birthplace: Exeter, NH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 15 | Salary: $11,941,976 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 24.00
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Red Sox get one pitcher, send another to Japan


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/18/2013) The Red Sox signed pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor-league deal, according to WEEI.com. The 37-year-old righty played for the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League.

Also, the Red Sox sold the rights to reliever Chris Carpenter to the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League. Carpenter made 30 appearances, including one start, for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013, posting a 4.96 ERA.


Chris Carpenter to officially retire


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/20/2013) As expected, Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter will officially retire, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Carpenter did not pitch at all in 2013, as he dealt with neck and arm issues. He finishes his career with the Cardinals and Blue Jays with a 144-94 record and a 3.76 ERA.


Five Cardinals declare free agency


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to outfielder Carlos Beltran, who was extended a qualifying offer, and starting pitcher Jake Westbrook, who had his mutual option declined, Cardinals relief pitcher Edward Mujica, shortstop Rafael Furcal and starting pitcher Chris Carpenter have filed for free agency.

Furcal, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has already attracted interest from the Mets. Carpenter is expected to retire.


Chris Carpenter to retire after season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) The agent for Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter says Carpenter will retire after the season, the Boston Globe reports.

"Chris basically came back from five career-ending surgeries," agent Bob LaMonte told the Gloobe. "I don’t think you’ll ever see anyone do that again. He had a sixth one and it was too many. He had a great career, a great human being."

Carpenter may have the opportunity to work in the organization after his playing career is over, perhaps in a front-office role. The 2005 National League Cy Young Award winner, Carpenter went 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 1,697 strikeouts in 2,219 1/3 innings over 15 seasons.


Chris Carpenter 'not optimistic' about return


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is currently not throwing baseballs, MLB.com reports. Carpenter also said he's not optimistic about his chances of returning to pitch this season for St. Louis. 

Carpenter has been feeling numbness in his right hand and has also been dealing with neck and arm issues since last taking the mound in the majors. He had to be slowed down from a rehab assignment and is not throwing at all right now. 


Chris Carpenter to 'take a step back' with rehab


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter told reporters Tuesday he is putting a halt to his rehab assignment because he is feeling numbness in his right hand. Carpenter said he will meet with doctors Tuesday, but he is unsure when he will resume throwing.

"Going to take a step back," he said.


Cardinals consider 'slowing down' Chris Carpenter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told MLB Network Radio Tuesday the team might formulate a new plan for Chris Carpenter (neck, arm), who is on a rehab assignment in the minors.

"Last two starts haven't gone as planned," Matheny said. "Points in direction of slowing him down a little bit."


Chris Carpenter a 'long way' from being ready


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (neck, arm) said after getting roughed up in his second rehab start Saturday he has a "long way" to go before he's major-league ready, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I have a long way to go before I can get outs up there," he said. "If I can’t get outs down here (Triple-A), never mind getting outs up there."

Despite the rough performance, Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist isn't disappointed with the veteran right-hander.

"His stuff was good. Command not very good," Lilliquist said. "I could care less about the results. I want him to feel good and I want his stuff to be there."


Chris Carpenter roughed up in Triple-A rehab start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis Saturday night. He allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings.

He threw 74 pitches in his second rehab start as he continues to work his way back from shoulder and back issues.


Taking the optimistic approach with Chris Carpenter


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/19/2013) As starting pitcher DL stashes go, Colby Lewis and certainly Brandon Beachy are still higher priority, but I have to say Chris Carpenter already has exceeded my expectations by hitting 94 mph with his fastball in his first rehab start Monday.

He hasn't exactly recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him to begin the season. The way I understand it, he's just trying to plod through it because he really has nothing to lose at age 38. I don't know about you, but that particular set of circumstances wouldn't normally inspire much confidence in me.

But if he's getting his usual velocity, I wouldn't bet against Carpenter. His track record shows he's more capable than most when it comes to pitching through injury, and because he has nothing to lose, he's more motivated than most as well.

I wouldn't put his odds of returning at much better than 50-50, but if he does return, he'll be plenty relevant in mixed leagues with the Cardinals' offense backing him.


Chris Carpenter to pitch Saturday for Triple-A team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (neck, arm) is expected to make his next rehab start for Triple-A Memphis Saturday, according to WREG TV in Memphis. Carpenter made his first rehab start for Double-A Springfield Monday, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.

The report was confirmed by MLB.com.


Chris Carpenter is a solid DL stash


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/16/2013) Chris Carpenter is currently owned in 28 percent of leagues and is creeping up our Most Added list, as the fourth most-added player in Fantasy. Carpenter defied odds and made three starts at the end of 2012 (along with three in the playoffs), producing a 3.71 ERA and 1.19 WHIP after most observers figured he'd be out all year.

That's relevant here because the Cardinals pitcher faced a similar challenge this spring, with rumors that he might retire. He didn't, and he's now less than a month away from a second inconceivable comeback. 

It's a lovely story, but the question here is: Can Carpenter help your team? The answer right now is, "We don't know, but he's worth a shot." Carpenter proved last year that he could return from serious injury to be effective, and starters with Carpenter's skill and dependability (assuming he's healhty) don't just randomly pop up in late July. As a bonus, a Fantasy owner can grab him now and just put him on the DL for a few weeks until he returns. 

Carpenter won't get you a lot of strikeouts, but if he makes it back to the majors, he can produce a sub-4.00 ERA and a very nice (1.18-ish) WHIP. With that kind of potential, he's worth an add in 12-team leagues and deeper. 


Chris Carpenter taking it 'one day' at a time


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (neck, arm) said he felt fine physically after his first rehab start for Double-A Springfield Monday. He added he feels improvement in his performance as well.

"It starts with trying to command your fastball and command your secondary pitches, which I feel like I did," Carpenter said, per MLB.com. "My stuff felt better than it did the last time I threw, [last week in a simulated game]."

Carpenter threw 38 of 54 pitches for strikes Monday. His fastball was clocked between 89-92 mph and he threw his full arsenal of pitches. 

"I'm not looking forward," he said. "I'm really taking it one [day] at a time, because you don't ever know. I've got a lot to prove to them, myself and my organization. [They need] to believe I can go and get outs."


Chris Carpenter begins rehab assignment


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2013) Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter (shoulder) started his rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield Monday. He wasn't particularly sharp.

Carpenter surrendered three earned runs on six hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings. He did strike out five batters, reaching 95 on the radar gun.

St. Louis has not yet determined how many rehab starts Carpenter will need, but he was limited to around 60 pitches Monday and will need to continue strengthening his arm. He could return to the Cardinals rotation by the end of July or beginning of August if all goes well.


Chris Carpenter impresses before rehab debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter doesn't have a timetable for his return to the majors, but he is set to take a big step next week that also will serve as the start to a countdown for his return.

Carpenter is set to make his rehab debut for Double-A Springfield Monday, and he will have to be activated from the disabled list within 30 days from that point, barring a setback. Carpenter's rehab debut date was confirmed Wednesday after he successfully threw a three-inning simulated game.

"There's definitely some excitement about starting the process to get back," Carpenter told MLB.com. "Again, I hold a little caution just not to get too far ahead of myself. But things have been going well the last few weeks and to start that process to get back is definitely something to be excited about."

Shane Robinson, who faced Carpenter in his simulated outing, came away impressed with the veteran's stuff at this point in the process.

"His velocity was up from last time, and to me, he was very impressive," Robinson said. "He threw me some pitches that I had no shot on and was just trying to battle and foul them off. I think he wishes he was game-ready right now, and he might have shown a little bit of frustration with that, but that's just him being competitive and wanting to put his pitches where he wants them. But for the most part, he was putting them in the spots he wanted to."

Carpenter will throw about 60 pitches in his first start, and the organization has yet to determine how long he will stay down. He has been out all season due to back and shoulder issues. 


Chris Carpenter ready to pitch in minors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Wednesday that starting pitcher Chris Carpenter is ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. Carpenter will make his first rehab appearance Monday for Double-A Springfield.

Carpenter has been out all season with a shoulder injury, but he made it through five simulated innings earlier in the week. It is unknown how many rehab starts Carpenter is expected to need before returning.  


Chris Carpenter scheduled to throw 100-plus pitches Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is scheduled to throw more than 100 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, and if all goes well, he'll continue to rehab at the team's complex in Florida, MLB.com reports.

Carpenter threw 106 pitches in Friday's session and didn't experience any issues. He could rejoin the team in the second half if he can avoid a setback.


Chris Carpenter throws five simulated innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw five simulated innings Friday, and manager Mike Matheny called the session the best "from what I've seen" from Carpenter during his rehab, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Carpenter is attempting to return from a back injury that has kept him out the entire season.


Chris Carpenter to throw Friday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2013) Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will throw a bullpen session Friday that will determine the next step in his rehab from a shoulder injury, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Depending on how the bullpen session goes, Carpenter could move on to a simulated game or more bullpen sessions. It's unclear when Carpenter will be ready to return, as he has missed the entire season dealing the injury.

Chris Carpenter cleared to resume throwing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter has been cleared to resume throwing, according to the Associated Press.

Carpenter played catch Friday and is scheduled for a light bullpen session Saturday as he continues to work his way back from lower back injury, according to general manager John Mozeliak. He has missed the season to date and has no timetable for his return.

Diagnosis on Chris Carpenter's back coming Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) The Cardinals expect to forumlate a treatment plan for pitcher Chris Carpenter once they receive a firm diagnosis on his back Friday, MLB.com reports. The team is soliciting additional opinions on the injury, but it's likely something he'll have to play through if, or when, he returns.

"I think what they're trying to do is just strengthen it and allow him to play through," general manager John Mozeliak told MLB.com Thursday. "It's not something that rehab is necessarily going to fix. It's still going to be there. Can he stabilize it and work around it to allow himself to go pitch?"

The Cardinals will continue to move forward as if Carpenter will not contribute in 2013.


Doctors evaluating Chris Carpenter's back


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) Doctors will evaluate Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter's troubled back, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The tightness he's experiencing in his back has limited his ability to throw.

Carpenter was dealing with back tightness after his most recent long bullpen session Sunday. He has missed the season to date and has no timetable for his return.


Chris Carpenter dealing with back stiffness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that pitcher Chris Carpenter is dealing with back stiffness after a long bullpen session Sunday, Brian Stull reports. Carpenter will throw more bullpen sessions when he's ready, and he's not close to beginning a rehab assignment.

Chris Carpenter still has 'ways to go'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter threw about 25 pitches to live hitters before Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Carpenter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's on a "long program," and is not close to being ready for rehab.

"I still have a ways to go," Carpenter said. "They're going to put me through the longer course of my throws and simulated [games] and all that stuff before they send me out. They want to make sure that I recover. And that's to be expected. That's understood."

Chris Carpenter to face live hitters again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2013) Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (neck, arm) will face hitters for the second time during a round of live batting practice Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carpenter faced live hitters for the first time Monday.