According to a Boston Globe report, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter plans to retire and will make an announcement soon.
If you look at the facts, that's not a surprise. Carpenter has struggled with a nerve injury over the last two years that limited him to a handful of ineffective starts and an aborted rehab tour.
But the ultra competitive hurler up to this point has been unable to utter the dreaded R word.
Carp's agent, Bob LaMonte, revealed the hurler's decision to call it a career. He said Carpenter "may have an opportunity to work for the Cardinals organization."
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I'd like to see Carpenter have an on-field role with the team because his knowledge of the game and competitive spirit are something that could benefit the team much more than a front office job or a week-long appearance in spring training.