Matt Carpenter expected to rejoin the Cardinals on Tuesday

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Matt Carpenter was held back in St. Louis this weekend as the Cardinals traveled to Pittsburgh because the star third baseman was dealing with a range of concerning symptoms like an accelerated heart rate and extreme fatigue. What’s at the root of those symptoms isn’t quite clear. Maybe he really is just tired after a hugely-productive first four weeks.

Whatever the case, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes Sunday that the Cardinals are anticipating Carpenter will feel well enough to join them Tuesday evening in Cleveland for the opening of a three-game interleague series against the Tribe. Here’s more from Goold’s report

Matheny reiterated the team’s expectation that Carpenter, given four consecutive games off, will rejoin the team Tuesday in Cleveland, ready to play. Carpenter experienced dizziness, trouble sleeping and an accelerated heart rate last week. Matheny said the team’s first suspicion was a virus, but that wasn’t found via tests.

The team did run a battery of tests on Carpenter to determine if he was dealing with a cardiovascular issue, and when asked about that Saturday, Matheny said he “hasn’t heard one thing like that.”

Carpenter was batting .333/.403/.620 with five home runs, 14 doubles, 20 RBI, and 23 runs scored through his first 27 games this season. Mark Reynolds is at third base in Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates.

Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin agree to 2-year, $6.65M contract

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LOS ANGELES — All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a two-year, $6.65 million contract that avoided an arbitration hearing.

Gonsolin gets $3.25 million this year and $3.4 million in 2024.

His salary in the second season can escalate by up to $3 million based on a points system in which he will be credited one point for each start, or each relief appearance of 3 1/3 innings: $500,000 apiece for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28 points. The 2024 salary also would increase by $1,125,000 for winning a Cy Young Award this year, $625,000 for finishing second or third in the voting and $500,000 for finishing fourth or fifth.

The sides exchanged salary proposals on Jan. 13, with Gonsolin seeking a raise from $720,000 last season to $3.4 million this year, while the Dodgers offered $3 million.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 24 starts during a breakout season last year. Gonsolin earned his first All-Star selection with an 11-0 record and a 2.02 ERA in the first half. He finished with the highest winning percentage (.941) in franchise history.

Gonsolin has been with the Dodgers for parts of four seasons since being drafted in the ninth round out of Saint Mary’s College in 2016. He is 26-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 59 career games.

He helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series during the pandemic-shortened season.