Just a few hours after Carlos Martinez’ tight shoulder from the night before turned into a season-ending shoulder strain, his St. Louis Cardinals teammate Matt Carpenter was next to leave his club’s game early with tightness.
The third baseman suffered left hip tightness that forced him out of Saturday evening’s home contest against Milwaukee at the top of the sixth inning. A team official called the move precautionary.
Carpenter is arguably the Most Valuable Player for the team with baseball’s best record. The 29-year-old leads St. Louis in doubles (41), home runs (26), RBI (82), walks (79) as well as strikeouts (147) and is tied for second in games played (149 of 155).
Mark Reynolds replaced Carpenter in the Cardinals lineup.
More news about the severity and implications of the injury will be added here when known.
Carpenter told reporters after the game that he felt tightness in his final at-bat. He received treatment from trainers and an MRI was not deemed necessary. The third baseman is already lobbying to be back in the lineup on Sunday. Given the relative importance of the Pittsburgh series starting Monday, a day off Sunday seems a more likely approach with Carpenter.
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