I didn't post immediately after the Chris Carpenter press conference today because, frankly, I didn't know what to make of it.
Several hours later, I still don't.
Carpenter said he can't pitch. But that he's not going to retire because he isn't sure that he isn't going to pitch sometime in the future. He doesn't want to get our hopes up. But, then again, he's not giving up on 2013.
I basically came away from it all with the sense that one of two things is going on:
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Either the Cardinals jumped the gun last week when they called a press conference -- without the star of the show in attendance -- and announced Carpenter's season was over before it began.
Or Carpenter, who we all know is extremely intense and competitive, can't quite bring himself to admit that his career is over.
I want to believe it's the first. As a Cardinals fan, nothing would make me happier that to have general manager John Mozeliak say that he misunderstood what Carpenter was trying to tell him when he called to say that his shoulder numbness was back and he didn't think he could make it to spring training.
Carpenter said he would do anything to make it back to pitch short of having additional surgery. But is there another potential solution? Rest doesn't seem to be the answer when the St. Louis ace hasn't pitched in a game since October.
I'd love to see Carpenter come back. But, until the Redbirds know if he is going to have a realistic chance to return, the club can't get serious about its plans for the rapidly approaching season.