Joe Strauss for the Post-Dispatch:
Carpenter, 37, acknowledged last Friday that he would continue to throw until it became clear there was no hope of soon returning to the Cardinals’ rotation. Carpenter said if he reached such a point he would consider other options. Surgery is among them.
Resistant to surgery when the same condition forced his shutdown in August 2008, Carpenter has been told he likely requires the procedure to extend his career.
I’m not an expert—merely a fan—but I would not be surprised to see Carpenter take this cue to retire and end his career at the top of his game, after a championship run last season and the best pitching performance I have seen in my life.
And he’d be forever loved in St. Louis.
(And strangely enough, this is not about baseball.)
I posted this in my Twitter feed, but thought I would crosspost it here for my followers: I have registered to run the Cardinals Care 6K here in St. Louis in September. For me, it’s going to be an interesting journey to see if I have the ability and the willpower to really rock it.
I am keeping a separate blog for it so this one isn’t inundated with posts about what I’m eating and how I’m doing with getting ready. If this is the kind of thing you’re interested in, or if you want to make a donation to my entry in the race, head on over to that blog:
It’s designed to pull at you, but the music selection is perfect and the message is one that means a lot to me:
Baseball is something we share with our parents and children—that connects us as family. I love that this commercial isn’t just small kids but older generations as well.
If you didn’t get to see it last night, this is the moment.
First rings for more than one veteran player. First rings for young guys still not much out of the minors. Second rings for the core of the team that gave us a championship in 2006. Smiles on the face of all of St. Louis.
I’ll have more to say on this later, but if you’ll excuse me I have to refresh three different browsers with the window for buying championship rally tickets.