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NL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
10-6 5-5 L3
10-6 6-4 W3
11-7 5-5 L2
9-7 5-5 L1
8-9 5-5 W1

2024 Batting

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Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .300 0 0 .600 0

Top Matt Carpenter News

  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Traveling, taking infield practice

    Carpenter (oblique) is currently traveling with the Cardinals and took infield practice in Arizona over the weekend, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Sidelined since early April with a right oblique strain, Carpenter seems to be making progress in his recovery, though it's unclear where he stands in his hitting progression. With that, a return timetable is still up in the air for the 14-year veteran. Carpenter appeared in three games -- including a couple starts at DH -- for the Cardinals early on this season, going 3-for-10 with three singles and a run scored.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Placed on IL

    The Cardinals placed Carpenter on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a right oblique strain, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Carpenter's move to the injured list is retroactive to Tuesday, so he will be eligible to return beginning April 12. The 38-year-old has played in just three of St. Louis' seven games so far, but losing him is another hit to the Cardinals' depth, as the team is already dealing with a handful of injuries to begin the year. Pedro Pages was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Back in action

    Carpenter (wrist) is in the lineup for Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    The veteran was hit by a pitch in his spring debut, but he escaped with only a contusion and is now ready to return after a few days off. While he made three All-Star appearances with the Cardinals earlier in his career, at this stage Carpenter is in the twilight of his playing days and hoping to stick around throughout the season as a bench bat.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Hopes to play Thursday

    Carpenter (wrist) is hoping to return to the Grapefruit League lineup Thursday against the Nationals, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Carpenter was a late scratch ahead of Monday's game against the Marlins due to a left wrist contusion, which he suffered when he was hit by a pitch Saturday. He will require a few days of rest but is expected to be fine.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Scratched with sore wrist

    Carpenter was scratched from the lineup for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins because of a left wrist contusion, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Carpenter was hit on the wrist by a pitch in a game over the weekend and is evidently still feeling the effects. The Cardinals are seemingly viewing Carpenter as day-to-day.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Reunites with Cardinals

    Carpenter signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Friday.

    The 38-year-old slashed just .176/.322/.319 last season with the Padres before being traded to Atlanta over the offseason and then released. He's owed $5.5 million in 2024 but the Cardinals will be responsible only for the veteran minimum. Carpenter could conceivably see time time in the designated hitter spot in St. Louis, but it'll be difficult for the club to justify playing time for him over younger options.

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  • Matt Carpenter: Released by Atlanta

    Carpenter was released by Atlanta on Monday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    Atlanta had hoped to find a trade partner willing to take on at least some of the $4 million it owed Carpenter in 2024 (the Padres also owe him $1.5 million), but it wasn't to be. The 38-year-old slashed an ugly .176/.322/.319 during his lone season in San Diego and there's a distinct possibility we've seen the last of the three-time All-Star in the big leagues.

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  • Braves' Matt Carpenter: Traded to Atlanta

    Atlanta acquired Carpenter (elbow), Ray Kerr and cash considerations from the Padres on Friday in exchange for Drew Campbell.

    Carpenter, 38, posted a dreadful .176/.322/.319 slash line with five home runs over 76 games (237 plate appearances) for San Diego in 2023 and finished the year on the injured list because of right elbow inflammation. With no need at first base or designated hitter, Atlanta could quickly flip him to another team. He's owed $5.5 million in 2024 after exercising his final-year player option earlier this offseason, but the Padres will cover $1.5 million of that.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Exercises player option

    Carpenter (elbow) exercised his $5.5 million player option for 2024 on Friday, Ari Alexander of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Carpenter slashed .176/.322/.319 across 236 plate appearances with the Padres in 2023 and was unlikely to attract a large offer in the open market, so he'll opt into $5.5 million heading into his age-38 season. Carpenter battled injuries and saw his playing time decrease during the latter half of the season, and it's possible he remains in a reserve role to begin the 2024 campaign.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Placed on IL

    The Padres placed Carpenter on the 10-day injured list Friday with right elbow inflammation.

    The move comes retroactive to Tuesday, so Carpenter will be eligible to return in a week. Carpenter has gone 2-for-10 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored since the start of September, and he will be replaced on the roster by Ji-Man Choi (ankle), who was reinstated from the injured list Friday.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Playing time picking up

    Carpenter has started four of the Padres' past seven games after logging just 14 plate appearances across all of August.

    Carpenter's increase in playing time has followed Jake Cronenworth (wrist) going on the injured list in late August. Three of Carpenter's past four starts have come at first base, and he's gone 2-for-10 with a home run, two RBI and a 4:5 BB:K during that stretch. The veteran is slashing a meager .176/.322/.319 on the campaign, but he may continue to see opportunities down the stretch, though it's unlikely he becomes an everyday starter.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Seeing scarce playing time

    Carpenter hasn't seen any game action for the Padres since July 24, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    As Acee points out, Carpenter is the only player in the majors to have been on an active roster continuously since July 25 to have not appeared in a game during that time. The 37-year-old is batting just .166/.296/.302 on the season, and it may only be a matter of time that he loses his spot on the Padres roster. Carpenter is making $6.5 million in 2023 and holds a $5.5 million player option for 2024.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Sits again Saturday

    Carpenter remains on the bench for Saturday's game against the Tigers, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    The veteran is hitting .169/.297/.307 on the season and has gone 2-for-33 at the plate in his last 16 games. As a result, he's lost his access to regular at-bats as a designated hitter, even against righties. Taylor Kohlwey filled that role Friday, but it will be Xander Bogaerts resting his legs there Saturday.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Takes seat Wednesday

    Carpenter is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Carpenter has survived the Padres' recent roster churn -- while Nelson Cruz and Rougned Odor did not -- but Fernando Tatis is taking a turn as the DH on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays and right-hander Jose Berrios. Juan Soto, Trent Grisham and Taylor Kohlwey will start across the outfield.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Not starting Saturday

    Carpenter isn't in the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Mets, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Carpenter's struggles at the plate have begun to cost him significant playing time, as Saturday marks the fifth time Carpenter will sit in San Diego's last seven games. Brandon Dixon will serve as the Padres' designated hitter and bat seventh.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Absent from lineup again

    Carpenter is not in the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Pirates.

    Carpenter started Wednesday's game after being on the bench for eight straight, but he's now riding the pine again Thursday even with the Pirates starting a righty (Luis Ortiz). After putting up a .908 OPS in April, the 37-year-old has just a .497 OPS and 33 percent strikeout rate in the two months since. Because Carpenter doesn't provide value with the glove and has been in a deep slump at the plate for a while, his roster spot wouldn't seem to be secure at this point.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Sitting again Wednesday

    Carpenter is out of the lineup again Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Carpenter seems to have slumped his way into a bench-bat role, as this is his third straight absence from the Padres' starting lineup. Nelson Cruz will handle DH duties and hit seventh Wednesday night in San Francisco.

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  • Padres' Matt Carpenter: Not in lineup Tuesday

    Carpenter is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Giants.

    Rougned Odor will man DH for the Padres and bat sixth against the Giants and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. Nelson Cruz and Gary Sanchez are also sitting. Carpenter, 37, has slashed just .135/.243/.214 over his last 103 plate appearances dating back to May 2.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Galveston, TX
Age: 38
School: TCU
Experience: 11
Bats/Throws: L, R