Matt Carpenter heads home to wait for a call. He’s OK if it never comes
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SUGAR LAND — No one needed to give Matt Carpenter the Waze app.
He’s a veteran. He’s seen things in his professional career, which started in 2009 as a fresh-faced 13th-round draft pick from TCU.
Experience told Carpenter that there was a roadblock ahead on his road to the Rangers’ roster.
He knew two other things as well: He can hit again, and the three-time All-Star has seen enough of Triple A ball.
So Caprenter contacted Rangers general manager Chris Young on Thursday afternoon ahead of Triple A Round Rock’s game at Sugar Land, only miles from where he grew up, and heard what he needed hear and what he knew Young would say.
There was no clear path for Carpenter to be on the big-league roster anytime soon despite the fantastic numbers he has been posting, and Carpenter knew that the best thing for him was to move on.
He did Thursday with nothing but praise for the Rangers organization and with a bright outlook on what lies ahead.
As he headed up I-45 toward his home in Fort Worth, he said he’ll be happy no matter what happens — even if nothing happens.
Jeff Wilson, email@example.com