Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter wasn’t in Thursday’s lineup against the Cubs, which didn’t raise many eyebrows as it was considered a routine day of rest. But he wasn’t included in Friday’s lineup against the Pirates, either, which was rather curious.
According to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, Carpenter is dealing with “extreme fatigue” and didn’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh for their three-game weekend series, instead staying in St. Louis to rest. Pete Kozma is playing at third base in Carpenter’s place, batting eighth in Friday night’s lineup. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carpenter felt an accelerated heart rate and dehydration, resulting in his removal from a May 3 game against the Pirates in the eighth inning.
Losing Carpenter for any amount of time is a huge blow to the Cardinals, who own baseball’s best record at 21-7. Carpenter is batting .333/.403/.620 with 14 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored spending most of his time either leading off or batting second. Few players can claim they’ve been as valuable this season as Carpenter.