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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 12:05 a.m. CDT
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter wipes his face as he returns to the dugout after allowing four runs in the second inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Giants on Oct. 21, 2012, at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

ST. LOUIS – Chris Carpenter, plagued by the lingering effects of thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, will miss the entire 2013 season and likely will not pitch again for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak, appearing with manager Mike Matheny at a Busch Stadium news conference Tuesday, said Carpenter called him Friday and said his arm was not responding to increased-intensity workouts.

“After numerous attempts at throwing bullpens, he is still feeling the same discomfort, zingers, numbness that he was experiencing during last year’s season,” Mozeliak said. “He just felt like, at this point, he could no longer continue to try to throw.

“Our hope is that we can find if there’s any resolution to this, but at this time, I doubt that’s going to happen. Based on how he feels and the reaction he’s getting from when he throws, it’s very unlikely he’s going to pitch for us.”

Mozeliak said Carpenter, 37, told him he also was experiencing discoloration in his right hand.

Matheny was Carpenter’s catcher with the Cardinals in 2004 and was very familiar with Carpenter’s edge.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed a better competitor than Chris – and also leader,” Matheny said.

“So as we head into spring now there’s certainly a void there, but there’s an opportunity. We have to have some other guys step up.”

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