Matt Carpenter tweaks his oblique, getting an MRI

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Things the Cardinals don’t need right now: more injuries.  But they have one, as Matt Carpenter hurt his oblique muscle and had to leave the game after hitting a double last night. Carpenter, who was starting for the struggling David Freese, will have an MRI today.

The Cardinals already have lost Lance Berkman for an extended period. Carpenter stood to get some if not most of the time at first base in Berkman’s absence, but based on his reaction as he left the batter’s box, he appears to have a pretty serious injury.  He was hitting .282/.350/.505 with three homers and 20 driven in while splitting time between first, third and the outfield.