Chris Carpenter’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said the righthander will retire and “may have an opportunity to work for the Cardinals organization. Chris basically came back from five career-ending surgeries. I don’t think you’ll ever see anyone do that again. He had a sixth one and it was too many. He had a great career, a great human being.”
That comes on the heels of an item from Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch on Saturday. In it, general manager John Mozeliak was asked if he could see a future for Carpenter in the team’s front office.
“If he wants to do something with the St. Louis Cardinals, we would certainly welcome that,” general manager John Mozeliak said of Carpenter’s life after pitching. “When the time comes to discuss that my door will be open. I look forward to that conversation. He is someone who is so competitive and so passionate about this game that I don’t know if working in the front office is going to appease that. But we’ll see. Great guy. Wonderful teammate. So, we’ll see.”
Carpenter has not pitched this season in the majors after trying to return from chronic pain in his neck, shoulder and arm due to thoracic outlet syndrome. He is in the final year of a two-year, $21 million contract extension signed in September 2011. The next month, the right-hander carried the Cardinals toward their 11th World Championship.