Carpenter's workload has been heavy and his velocity had dropped. Rogers notes that he "was pitching for the fifth time in six days and for the third consecutive day, and he was going out for his second inning in the Braves’ second extra-inning game in three days." Both manager Fredi Gonzalez and Carpenter himself feel that the righty will be OK after 15 days’ rest. Carpenter appeared in 34 games, posting a record of 4-1, with an ERA of 4.39, striking out 33 while walking seven.
In 2013 the righty was excellent for Atlanta, posting a 4-1 record, a 1.78 ERA and striking out 74 in 65.2 innings of work, mostly setting up for Craig Kimbrel. He was included on the postseason roster, where he appeared three times, the third being a blown-save loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS. With Kimbrel watching from the bullpen, Carpenter gave up a two-run homer to Juan Uribe, and the Dodgers advanced to the next level.
Carpenter, 26, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 (12th round). In August 2010 he was traded to the Houston Astros for Pedro Feliz and cash, and he made his debut for the Astros on June 30, 2011. The Astros traded him in July 2012 with J.A. Happ and Brandon Lyon to the Toronto Blue Jays for Kevin Comer (minors), Joseph Musgrove (minors), Carlos Perez (minors), David Rollins (minors), Asher Wojciechowski (minors), Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco.
In October 2012 the Toronto Blue Jays traded Carpenter with John Farrell (as manager) to the Boston Red Sox for Mike Aviles. In November 2012 Atlanta selected him off waivers from the Red Sox. He is pre-arb and under team control through 2017.
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