Already ruled out for the 2013 MLB season, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter admitted to reporters that his career is likely over while he deals with a nerve injury. Carpenter underwent surgery last year to relieve nerve issues in his right shoulder, but as he tried to return from his injury, the pitcher found himself dealing with numbness and a lack of strength in his shoulder while dealing with significant pain in his shoulder and right arm.
Carpenter attended Cardinals Spring Training camp and told reporters that he doesn’t think that he will be able to return to pitching while dealing with his current injury at the age of 38. According to Stltoday.com, Carpenter admitted as much on Monday. “I knew at some point it would come to an end. I hoped to make the choice myself.”
Carpenter told reporters that he still is experiencing numbness, weakness and discomfort in his shoulder but added that he would not undergo another surgical procedure at this point in his career.
During his 15-year career, Carpenter has logged a career record of 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA. While Carpenter told reporters he doesn’t want to use the word retire, his career is likely over and it seems that he is coming to grips with that.