ST. LOUIS Chris Carpenter acknowledged over the weekend that the 2013 season could be his last as a Major League pitcher. But he also wasn't ready to commit to anything like announcing his retirement.
Carpenter will be 38 years old when his contract runs out at the end of the upcoming season. And after missed nearly all of the 2012 campaign due to injury, he's mainly focused on trying to stay healthy for the Cardinals this year.
But what will happen after this season? Carpenter's not sure.
Asked if he's thought about his future during his media scrum at the Winter Warm-Up over the weekend, Carpenter said that he had.
"Yes, I have and the thoughts are I'm going to pitch this year and see what happens," Carpenter said. "It has to do with how I feel and how my family feels if I want to continue to do it. It's definitely physical. If I have more health issues, I'm not going to continue to try and battle through.
"If I'm healthy and I feel good at the end of the season and I am for...