In the midst of smacking a double in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against the Padres, Cardinals super-sub Matt Carpenter winced and gripped his right side as he began a labored sprint toward second base.
Carpenter was then pulled from the game, and the club is calling his injury "right-side tightness." From the looks of it, though, it could be amended to an oblique or ribcage-muscle strain before the night is over.
It's a signicant development given that Carpenter is hitting .288/.356/.519 on the season and has seen action at four different positions. What's even worse is that the Cardinals are almost "Red-Soxian" in terms of their current health status.
Among position players, Lance Berkman, Allen Craig and Jon Jay are all on the disabled list, and Carlos Beltran and, to a lesser extent, David Freese require periodic days off. Given all that, Carpenter's left-handed stick and positional flexibility are especially valuable. Suffice it to say, the Cards are very much hoping he's day-to-day.