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Career may be over for Cards ace

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter, one of the best clutch pitchers in the Cardinals' storied history, may have thrown his final pitch.

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Carpenter almost certainly won't pitch in 2013 and that his star-crossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season. Carpenter did not attend, and Mozeliak said the emotions for the 37-year-old were still too raw.

Retirement isn't official yet. Carpenter plans to seek further medical evaluation. But Mozeliak seemed resigned to losing him.

"He's leaving the door slightly open, but it's unlikely," Mozeliak said of Carpenter's return.

Carpenter is 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began in Toronto in 1997. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays and nine in St. Louis. He won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and was second in 2009.

As impressive are his postseason results: 10-4, 3.00 in 18 starts. There were the eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball in a Game 3 World Series win over Detroit in 2006, a series the Cardinals won in five games; a 1-0 shutout to beat Roy Halladay in Philadelphia in the deciding game of the 2011 NL Division Series; and the gutty Game 7 World Series-clinching win over Texas on three days' rest in 2011.

Carpenter also has missed most or all of five seasons because of injuries.

PED INVESTIGATION: Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said he used the founder of the Miami-area clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year, and nothing more. Yahoo Sports reported that Braun's name showed up three times in records of Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch, whom Braun said he consulted in his successful appeal. No specific drugs were listed next to the references to Braun.

YOUK OFFERS OLIVE BRANCH: Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain said he received a text from new teammate Kevin Youkilis and hopes whatever tension existed between the two is past. The two feuded over Chamberlain throwing inside fastballs when Youkilis was with the Red Sox.

CUBS: Former Rays right-hander Matt Garza, who missed the final 11 weeks of the 2012 season with a stress reaction in his elbow, had no issues a day after his first bullpen session since July.

D'BACKS: Outfielder Gerardo Parra agreed to a $2.35 million, one-year contract, settling the team's last arbitration case.

MARLINS: First baseman Logan Morrison, coming off two right knee surgeries, will not be at full strength when camp opens and might not be ready for opening day.

Career may be over for Cards ace 02/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 9:57pm]

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