Carpenter back in camp, doubts he'll pitch again

Carpenter back in camp, doubts he'll pitch again

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St. Louis Cardinals pitching ace Chris Carpenter talks to reporters about his health and decision not to report to spring training, during a press conference at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on February 11, 2013. Carpenter told club officials last week he was expirencing pain in his hand after throwing a bullpen session and was unsure he could throw again. Carpenter stopped short of saying he is retiring but did indicate he will not throw until he consults with doctors. Carpenter, who has been with the team for 10 years, underwent shoulder surgery last season and did not return to the team until September 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by B.J. Rains / Baseball StL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

JUPITER, Fla. - Chris Carpenter showed up at Cardinals camp Monday and said he’s still dealing with the side effects of a nerve issue in his neck and arm that’s bothered him since 2008.

The right-hander said he stills feels tingling and numbing sensations during normal everyday activities, speaking like a man who knows he likely will never pitch again. 

“I’m not going to have surgery any more,” Carpenter said. “We’ll see what happens. I don’t see it. With the things that are going on in times of every day life, I just don’t see it getting better to be honest with you.”

Carpenter was asked if he wanted to continue pitching.

“I do,” Carpenter said. “I just don’t think I can.”

The former Cy Young award winner informed the Cardinals in early February that he would be unable to keep throwing. And it appears he may never pitch again.

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