Chris Carpenter is one of the best pitchers in the big leagues, but his career may be in serious trouble. The 37-year-old Cy Young winner and World Series star isn't expected to pitch in 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals, and may possibly be done for good.
According to ESPN, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday, Feb. 5 that Carpenter won't pitch in 2013 and that his career may be over due to a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him to miss most of last season.
"He's leaving the door slightly open, but it's unlikely," Mozeliak said of Carpenter's return. "After speaking with him on the phone you certainly get a sense that he's more concerned about life after baseball."
Carpenter has a career record of 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA and has been one of St. Louis' best pitchers over the past decade.
He won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA.
This would be a sad way to see one of the game's best pitchers finish a career, but nothing is official yet, and the Cardinals staff is hoping for the best.