The initial X-rays came back negative on Carpenter’s foot, although there is swelling, so he might have further imaging done Tuesday. Manager Mike Shildt said the Cardinals will evaluate Carpenter on Tuesday to see if he’s capable of playing.
“Everything imaging-wise is positive in a sense that it’s negative,” Shildt said. “We’ll evaluate more tomorrow. It’s going to be how he recovers. There’s some swelling in there.”
Carpenter has been unlucky with foul balls off his right shin this season, and he wears a protective shin guard. The ball Monday night caught him on the top of the foot, and he was barely able to stand afterward. He walked with a pronounced limp to the dugout as he exited the game.
Tommy Edman finished the at-bat with the count already full and struck out, crediting Carpenter with his second strikeout of the night. Carpenter also singled in the third inning and was hit by a pitch in the fifth before being picked off at first base.
Carpenter is hitting .215 with a .706 OPS. Both of those would be his worst for any season in which he played at least double-digit games.