Cards to move on without Carpenter

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

By now, you all have likely heard the news, news big enough to prompt the Cardinals to call a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. At that gathering, general manager John Mozeliak revealed that Chris Carpenter has had to stop throwing due to recurring numbness and discomfort in his right shoulder/back/neck. The symptoms are the same ones that shut Carpenter down last spring.

And then there was the reality of all this:

Carpenter isn’t expected to pitch in 2013.

He’ll likely never pitch for the Cardinals again.

A betting man would wager that Carpenter’s career is over, too, though Carpenter likely won’t announce his retirement until after he collects the $12.5 million he’s owed this season.

The news elicited plenty of reflection on Carpenter’s career, which reached its pinnacle in St. Louis. The Cardinals will fill the rotation void — they have to — but they will not replace Carpenter. To have someone who is that talented, that driven, with that work ethic and that desire to impart it on others is so rare that it’s hard to find a suitable comparison to another active pitcher.

But the Cardinals do have to hope that some of their young pitchers step up in big ways to help mitigate the loss. Assuming the Cardinals do not look outside for additional help, some combination of Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal will fill the team’s last two rotation spots. That rotation battle will certainly add a new wrinkle to Cardinals Spring Training, which was expected to involve minimal roster competition.

For now, let me leave with you with a guide to today’s links, all of which focus on another part of this recent development for the organization:

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6 Comments

WHERE’S MY HARP
NO MORE CARP
WE WERE ALWAYS FINE
WITH NUMBER TWO NINE
BUT NOW WE MISS
OUR BULLDOG CHRIS
WITH HIS WING
WE WON TWO RINGS
NO MORE RAPTURE
FOR THE MAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE
CUZ HIS ARM SAID RETIRE.

Any initial talks concerning the possibility of Carp joining the coaching staff somewhere in the ranks? Getting $12.5m this year, I imagine Carp will still be involved with the team, coaching and mentoring the young guns. It’s a good internship to his next profession: pitching coach.

Kyle Loshe is still available

Sad to see Carp go this way…if he does end his career… I am holding out hope that he finds a way to come back in time for the playoffs this year….for one more series….PS.. my thoughts on Loshe is that he should have taken what we offered him last fall..he would have made more than Carp… our young guns can fill the void quiet nicely.

Also, beng from Springfield MO I was able to see the young talent we have…Tavares is the real deal.. I also watched Trout play when he came to town.. I would take Tavares over Trout anytime.. It is going to be an exciting year..Get Ready CARDINAL NATION…it is coming fast and furious…

Taveras.. sorry for the spelling on the previous quote… :o)

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