Found February 15, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
JUPITER, Fla. The five appearances and 18 innings at second base seem like a distant and almost comical memory to Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter. After being put out at second base on a few rare occasions last year despite having nearly no practice or instruction at the spot, Carpenter spent the past three months training and preparing to compete for playing time there this season. And the difference is already staggering. "It's night and day," Carpenter said. "From when I debuted over there last season with very little work if any at all to the way I feel now is substantially better. I think it's going to keep getting better every day and I'm looking forward to the challenge of competing for that job." Carpenter converted all seven chances during his brief cameo at second base last season, recording three putouts and four assists. And he laughs while thinking back to those appearances. "It kind of all happened so fast you don't rea...
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