Timeline: Chris Carpenter’s Injuries

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Cardinals’ pitcher Chris Carpenter is on the 60 day disabled list for an injury that may end his career.  Carp is working his way back into Major League Baseball by playing a rehab start which could decide the fate of the rest of his career. Nerve issues that have limited him to only three regular season starts since 2011

He will make the rehab start for the Springfield Cardinals’ at Hammons Field on Monday.  They will be hosting the Arkansas Travelers at 7:09pm.

The 38 year old has had  ups and downs over the years.  This is a timeline of the pitcher’s injuries during his career.

  • 2012:  Missed almost entire spring training with shoulder and neck discomfort that led to him missing the first 150 games of the season. The injury resulted in him having thoracic outlet surgery. He worked his way back to make three regular season starts and three postseason starts.
  • 2011: Led the National League in innings pitched for the first time in his career & tied for the league lead in games started.
  • 2010: Led all of Major League Baseball with 35 games started, a career high.
  • 2009: Player’s Choice for N.L. Comeback Player of the Year
  • 2008:  Returned for first time since Opening Day, 2007.  His return was short-lived after he experienced shoulder problems. Carpenter was placed on the Disabled List after rehabbing from elbow surgery, until 7/30. Made a pair of rehab starts (7/20 at Springfield-AA and 7/24 at Memphis-AAA) and a season debut on 7/30 in Atlanta. He was removed from 8/10 start in Chicago due to right shoulder strain. Following a 9/2 game in Arizona he was shut down for the remainder of the season due to nerve irritation leading to his right shoulder. After a series of shoulder exams by nerve specialists, he opted not to undergo surgery following the season.  He underwent right elbow surgery to transpose the ulnar nerve on 11/4.
  • 2007:   Placed on the DL on 4/10 (retroactive to 4/2) with moderate arthritis and a mild impingement in the elbow with no evidence of acute ligament injury. After two rehab starts with the Class-A Palm Beach club (2 GS, 4.1 IP, 5 R, 3ER), swelling returned to his elbow. Had elbow ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John) on 7/24 by team physician, Dr. George Paletta and missed the remainder of the season. Made six spring starts, going 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA (8 ER/27.2 IP). Struck out 19 batters and did not allow a home run all spring.
  • 2006:  Followed his Cy Young year with a 15-8 record, 3.09 ERA, which ranked 2nd in the N.L. and 3rd in the majors…Just missed becoming the first Cardinal to lead the league in ERA since Joe Magrane in 1988
  • 2005:  Carpenter was selected as the 2005 Players Choice Award for National League Outstanding Pitcher just one year after being voted by the players as the N.L. Comeback Player of the Year in 2004.
  • 2004:  Named the Player’s Choice Award winner for the 2004 National League Comeback Player of the Year.
  • 2003: Began the season on the disabled list as he continued his recovery from shoulder surgery…made a total of eight appearances during the season on injury rehabilitation assignments but was forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery for his ailing shoulder on July 29 to remove scar tissue…made his first rehab appearance on 6/16 for Palm Beach (A) and combined for 7.0 IP in four outings with the Florida State League team…he then made three rehab appearances at Memphis (AAA), totaling 8.1 IP including a 4.0 inning stint on 7/9 vs. OKL…his final game appearance came on 7/14 for Tennessee (AA) as he allowed five runs on seven hits in 3.1 IP.
  • 2002: Went 4-5 with a 5.28 ERA in an injury-plagued season in which he was limited to just 13 starts. He was placed on the 15-day D.L. on 4/5 (retroactive to 4/2) with tendinitis in his right shoulder…was activated from the D.L. on 4/21 and lost his only start at NYY (3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) before being placed back on the 15-day D.L. with right shoulder tendinitis…made five rehab starts with Tennessee (AA) of the Southern League where he was 0- 1 with an 8.20 ERA in 18.2 innings of work…made one rehab start with Syracuse (AAA) of the International League and was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA…was reactivated on 6/22 and picked up his first win of the season at ARI (5.0 IP, 2 ER)…from 6/22 through 7/24 won four straight games and posted a 3.48 ERA (17 ER/ 44 IP) in seven starts…three of the four wins came in consecutive starts from 7/13 through 7/24, with a 2.45 ERA (6 ER/22 IP)…notched a string of 31.0 scoreless innings from 6/27 to 7/24…had winning streak snapped in a complete game loss on 7/29 at KC (2 ER/8.0 IP)…finished July with a 3-1 mark and a 3.05 ERA in six starts…lost his last four starts from 7/29 through 8/13 before being placed on the disabled list with looseness in his right shoulder on 8/15 (retroactive to 8/14)…over his last three starts he posted an 8.44 ERA in 16.0 innings of work…was transferred to the 60-day D.L. on 9/2…had arthroscopic surgery on 9/4 to repair slap lesion (labrum tear) in his right shoulder…missed a total of 112 games while on the D.L…was outrighted to Syracuse on 10/9, refused assignment and elected for free agency.
  • 2001:  Was 11-11 and led the Blue Jays in innings pitched (215.2), strikeouts (157), complete games (3), shutouts (2) and quality starts (16).
  • 2000: Was 10-12 with a 6.26 ERA in 34 games, 27 starts.
  • 1999: Finished 9-8 in 24 starts with four complete games, a shutout and an ERA of 4.38 prior to season-ending elbow surgery on September 16 by Dr. James Andrews to remove a bone spur…Last start was September 10, after not pitching since August 27 with right elbow pain, he lasted only three innings…The four complete games were second on the club and tied for fifth in the AL…Was second on the club with 14 quality starts…Allowed three earned runs or less in 16 of 24 starts…Did not allow more than three ER in his first nine starts but was 3-4 with a 3.02 ERA…Lost first start of the season 1-0 in Baltimore on April 10, the run was initially an unearned run but was later changed…Tossed a complete game two-hitter on April 15 against Tampa Bay in an 11-1 victory at home, his second start of the season and the first complete game of 1999 in the AL…Finished April 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA but then in May was 1-4 in six starts with a 4.50 ERA…Tossed complete games on May 6 in a 3-2 loss at home to Oakland…Was disabled from June 3-28 with inflammation in his right elbow…Made one rehab start with St. Catharines of the New York Penn League (A) on June 23 vs Batavia (4.0IP, 5H, 2R/ER, 1BB, 6K)…Returned from the DL and won next five decisions over eight starts from June 28 to August 11…Tossed a shutout in second start after the DL on July 3 vs Tampa Bay, allowing just three hits for his 3rd career shutout…Was undefeated in June and July going 4-0 in eight starts with an ERA of 3.72 (29 ER, 48.1 IP)…Was 6-5 at the All-Star break with a 3.24 ERA…Following the break he was 3-3 with a 6.31 ERA in 10 starts…Was 2-3 in August with a 6.46 ERA…Received a ND in his only start in September, on the 10th in Detroit…Opponents attempted to steal just nine times and were successful only three times…On the road was 5-4 in 12 starts with a 4.21 ERA and one complete game, while at home was 4-4 in 12 starts with three complete games and an ERA of 4.54…Opponents hit .294, LH batters hit .299 while RH hitters posted a .290 average.
  • 1998:  Started first two games and then made nine relief appearances
  • 1997: Made seven starts with Syracuse, posted a 1-3 record with a 3.88 ERA…Contract was purchased by Toronto on May 10…Started and lost his major league debut on May 12 in Minnesota
  • 1996: Spent the entire season with Knoxville in the Southern League (AA) and was 7-9 with a 3.94 ERA.
  • 1995: Opened the season with Dunedin of the Florida State League where he was 3-5 with a 2.17 ERA in 15 starts.
    1994: Finished third in Pioneer League in ERA (2.76), tied for fourth in starts (15) and was fourth in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (8.50).

Full career bio on Cardinals.com.