ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter hasn’t ruled out pitching again, including this year. The 37-year-old Carpenter met with reporters at Busch Stadium on Monday as pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Last week, the team all but ruled him out for this year after problems in his right arm. Carpenter is entering the second year of a two-year, $21 million contract and said he owed it the organization to keep trying. But after undergoing an eighth surgery last season, he said there would not be a ninth. Carpenter knew something was wrong a few weeks ago when his hand turned red and purple and was aching soon after he began throwing from a mound.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Mike Matheny pulled into a parking lot at spring training at 5:30 a.m. Monday, anxious to start his second season as the St. Louis Cardinals manager. He was joined by several pitchers and catchers, one day before the mandatory reporting day in Jupiter, Fla. Matheny says he was impressed by the turnout, which included Yadier Molina and pitchers Adam Wainwright and Jake Westbrook. The Cardinals are coming off a season in which they lost in Game 7 of the NLCS to San Francisco after building a 3-1 series lead. They have since learned that veteran starter Chris Carpenter likely will not pitch this season after experiencing pain in his right arm.