Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals have been rolling lately, but the NL Central contenders might have just hit a speed bump. Cardinals fans are holding their collective breath this evening.
Carpenter, an NL MVP candidate, had to leave tonight's game against the Washington Nationals with an apparent injury.
The All-Star was hit in the hand with a pitch.
Carpenter was hit in the right hand and exited the game.
The Cardinals were not happy, unsurprisingly. Carpenter was hit by Nationals reliever Matt Grace.
Carpenter, 32, is hitting .276 on the season with 33 home runs and 68 RBI so far this season.
The Cardinals have been on a tear as of late, rising in both the National League Wild Card and NL Central standings. They're 65-55 on the season, 4.5 games out of first place in the division. They're 1.5 games out of the Wild Card.
St. Louis has yet to release any official updates on the status of Carpenter regarding his injury. We'll likely learn more about his status following the game against the Nationals.
Cardinals beat reporter Derrick Goold tweeted the following:
"Worth saying: There will be some breath-holding, though, as Carpenter does have that hand examined. Pegged on the knuckle, so there's always concern when hands and HBPs are involved."
UPDATE: The Cardinals announced that X-rays on Carpenter's hand were negative.