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QUESTION: Has anyone said anything about Matt Carpenter and limitations in his back to fully bend down? It seems like on a few pickoff moves in the last week, the throws got by him -- or maybe they would of been caught or blocked by other first basemen.

HOCHMAN: Yeah, it seems pretty obvious that Carp/Marp is playing through some pain. And since returning from the injury, he's hitting just .234 with a .309 on-base percentage and nine RBIs. But what can you do -- he's proven valuable enough to keep in there.

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