Chris Carpenter realizes his baseball career may be over.
The 37-year-old right-hander made a surprise appearance at the St. Louis Cardinals' spring-training camp Monday and said he's still dealing with numbing and tingling sensations in his pitching hand, arm and shoulder.
''I'm not going to have surgery anymore,'' Carpenter said. ''We'll see what happens. I don't see it. With the things that are going on in times of every day life, I just don't see it getting better to be honest with you.''
Asked if he wanted to continue pitching, Carpenter said, ''I do. I just don't think I can.''
The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner is 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in 15 big league seasons.
He underwent neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery last July to eliminate a nerve issue that he's pitched with in his right shoulder since 2008. He returned to make three starts in September and three in the playoffs and planned on a healthful start to 2013.
But as Carpenter ramped up his bullpen sessions in St. Lou...