(JUPITER, Fla.) — After 15 seasons in Major League Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter sounds like a man who is ready to walk away from the game.
The 37-year-old Carpenter is still experiencing numbness in his right hand and arm as well as weakness in his shoulder. For Carpenter, the question isn’t when he’ll be able to get back on a baseball field, but how these issues could effect the rest of his life. As a result, Carpenter realizes the end could be in sight.
“I’ve said before that I’m not going to have surgery anymore,” Carpenter said. “We’ll see what happens. But with the things going on in everyday life, I just don’t see it getting better.”
When he was asked if he wanted to keep playing, Carpenter responded by saying, “I do, [but] I don’t think I can. That’s something that goes through my mind all the time. I’ve been coming to spring training since I was 18 years old.”
If this is the end for Carpenter, he’ll retire with 144 wins, a Cy Young Award, and two World Series Championships.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News