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Carpenter, en route to retirement, may return to Cards

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07:11 AM ET 05.24 | Good news, Cards fans -- well, better news, anyway. The pair of February news conferences took on a tone of solemnity and reflection as general manager John Mozeliak and, a week later, Chris Carpenter, painted a picture void of optimism. Carpenter refused to utter the "R" word, but the idea of career finality was certainly palpable as he spoke. ... A little more than three months later, Carpenter is now beginning to believe he can do even better than that. An April game of catch with his son started a comeback trail that, if finished, would be as remarkable as any in Carpenter's career. He has come back from injuries several times before, but he has never made a return as unexpected as this.

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May 24, 2013  07:40 AM ET

This guy is unreal. He could just keep cashing the checks and retire at the end of his contract yet he's trying to come back - again. He's proven everything he needs to prove and has no chance to get into the hall so this is simply a fierce desire to compete.

May 24, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Jim Bouton - "You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time."

May 24, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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This guy is unreal. He could just keep cashing the checks and retire at the end of his contract yet he's trying to come back - again. He's proven everything he needs to prove and has no chance to get into the hall so this is simply a fierce desire to compete.

100% agree. The guy is a bulldog like few I've seen.

May 24, 2013  09:18 AM ET

With Garcia gone for the season and the uncertainly of Westbrook, Carpenter could give the Cards the second half push they need to get into the playoffs.

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May 24, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Not sure if this makes sense but Carp would be a great middle reliever and spot starter at this point.

It is amazing that Carp goes down, Lohse does not get brought back and Garcia goes down and this team has 3 young rooks step right up and deliver.

Kudos to the best organization in the sport.

Here is to hoping that Carp makes it back and can help the team...

May 24, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Not sure if this makes sense but Carp would be a great middle reliever and spot starter at this point.It is amazing that Carp goes down, Lohse does not get brought back and Garcia goes down and this team has 3 young rooks step right up and deliver.Kudos to the best organization in the sport.Here is to hoping that Carp makes it back and can help the team...

Being a Cards fan - I really like this. And the thing is - if Carp comes back in the pen - when one of the rookies slips - he can step in when necessary. God I like this ball player....

May 24, 2013  12:47 PM ET
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Being a Cards fan - I really like this. And the thing is - if Carp comes back in the pen - when one of the rookies slips - he can step in when necessary. God I like this ball player....

Glad someone else thinks the same way.

Carp is a monster and boy would it strengthen the team even if he were 80% of his old self.

At this point, spot starts that go 5-6 innings at most and 2-3 innings in relief, would be nice.

May 24, 2013  07:03 PM ET

Not holding my breath on Carp, we saw what happened last year - he was only effective for a short while, and there's little reason to think it will be any better this year. I really hope our rookies can continue to perform while our top three stay consistent. Anything Carp can give us would be bonus.

May 24, 2013  07:04 PM ET

Not holding my breath on Carp, we saw what happened last year - he was only effective for a short while, and there's little reason to think it will be any better this year. I really hope our rookies can continue to perform while our top three stay consistent. Anything Carp can give us would be bonus.

May 24, 2013  07:17 PM ET
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Anything Carp can give us would be bonus.

He can give you a stint on the DL.

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May 24, 2013  07:57 PM ET
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Or he could help the Cards add to their trophy case. Hell, Carpenter's own trophy case has more bling in it than the entire schyttestained organization from the crappy side of Chicago.

I'm going to stick with stint on DL. Enjoy the recent series in Chicago?

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May 25, 2013  07:41 AM ET
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I'm going to stick with stint on DL. Enjoy the recent series in Chicago?

Are you enjoying that sub-.500 record?

 
May 28, 2013  02:34 PM ET

Wonder if his ribs grew back?

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