Former St. Louis Cardinals ace (still technically a member of the ball club, but shut down indefinitely) Chris Carpenter is not optimistic about his career as a pitcher continuing. He'd like to pitch again, but given his injury and diagnosis, it's unlikely.
Carpenter told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he doesn't think he can pitch again.
"I do (want to keep playing)," Carpenter said. "I don't think I can."
Carpenter was one of the best pitchers of his generation. However, injuries have limited him over the past two seasons. Carpenter won the National League Cy Young award in 2005 and he has had three top-five finishes in Cy Young voting overall.
In his career, Carpenter has gone 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA. He spent the majority of his career with the Cardinals, but he came up with the Blue Jays. Carpenter spent six seasons with Toronto before being released in 2002. The Cardinals picked him up and never looked back.
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