The Cardinals are worried about Matt Carpenter.Their All-Star infielder exited the team’s7-5 lo s Wednesday to the Pirates with an injury to his right oblique muscle. He pulled up lame after checking a swing in the third inning. Carpenter, clutchinghis right side, shook his head in frustration as he was met bya team trainer before walking https://www.philliesedges.com/philadelphia-phillies/aaron-nola-jersey to the clubhouse.MORE: Anti-All-Stars: Worst everyday playersAfter the game, Cardinals manager Mike Mathenyexpre seda «high level of concern» for Carpenter as the clubawaitedresults from hisMRI exam.Mathenytermed the injury as a Darren Daulton Jersey «strain.»Carpenter, 30, earned his third All-Star selection earlier this week, but the injury puts his playing status for the July 12game in jeopardy. The leadoff hitter is slashing.298/.421/.570 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs this season. His .988OPS leads the National League.MORE: Full list of All-Star starters, reservesA similar injury in 2012 caused Carpenter tomi sa month.A prolonged absence this time would be a significant blow to the Cardinals, who dropped to third place the NL Central after losing three in a row to the Pirates.Kolten Wong replaced Carpenter in Mike Schmidt Jersey the lineup upon his exit, finishing 1 for 4.