Jul 7, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) celebrates with Chris Carpenter after hitting a solo home run off of Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (not pictured) during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Carpenter "not optimistic" about return to St. Louis Cardinals this season

At first, a 2013 return for Chris Carpenter was a surprise. Now the it looks like the original diagnosis to miss the entire season will happen after all.

Rotoworld reports that the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace is “not optimistic” to start for this team this season.

Carpenter wasn’t originally expected to pitch at all this season, but he managed to ramp up a throwing program and even go out on a minor league rehab assignment. However, he shut things down late last month after feeling renewed numbness in his pitching hand. It sounds like a comeback will have to wait until 2014, if at all.

Carpenter was out for the majority of the season last year before making his return in September and starting in six games. The right-hander went 1-4, his only win notched in the postseason against the Washington Nationals before losing a couple of eerily similar games against the San Francisco Giants. He threw four innings in both games, giving up six hits, five runs, and only two earned in each game.

Now 38 years old, one has to wonder if Carpenter will even be back on the mound in the majors.

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