Originally written on STLSportsMinute  |  Last updated 11/16/14
St. Louis Cardinals utility infielder Matt Carpenter spent most of spring training playing exclusively second base in preparation for an expanded role this season. Carpenter's bat was just too good in 2012 and the Cardinals worked the left-handed swinging 27 year old at second in an attempt to see if he can play the position and get him in the lineup more often. Five games into the season and Carpenter will finally get his first start at second base in Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants. Carpenter has started each of the Cardinals' first five games at third base, his natural position, because of the injury to David Freese. On Sunday, Matheny opted to get the right-handed swinging Ty Wigginton into the lineup at third base, which meant Carpenter had to move to second. Seeing Carpenter at second base for the first time in a regular season game will be his first true test at the new position and many Cardinals' fans are hoping that Carpenter ca...
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