ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is unlikely to play in the upcoming season, General Manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday.
Carpenter will seek medical evaluations at team facility at Mercy. He is not expected to appear at spring training in Jupiter, Florida.
Chris Carpenter missed most of the 2012 season after having surgery on his throwing shoulder in July to fix persistant nerve issues. He returned late in the regular season for a few starts and pitched in three postseason games.
According to Mozeliak, the Cardinals maintained its depth at the position in case something like this happened.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the decision was tough on Carpenter.
Chris Carpenter entered the majors in 1997 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. He became a free agent in 2003 and joined the Cardinals. Carpenter is signed on through the 2013 season.
Carpenter has a 144-94 career record as a starter and is 10-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 postseason starts.