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Matt Carpenter's lingering shoulder and back problems may force the Cardinals to rethink how they'll use their so-called "super-utility fielder" in 2018, manager Mike Matheny says (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch).A sore back has sidelined Carpenter, 32, for most of spring after he dealt with significant pain in hisright (throwing) Chris Sale Jersey shoulder almost all of 2017.Per the Post-Dispatch: Both are concerns for the Cardinals.So, would plans to have Carpenter enter the 2018 season as a super-utility fielderbe shelved in favor of having him play only first base?Thats a great question, Matheny said. I dont think anything has changed really in our mindset. Well have to see how hes doing all the way around. The shoulder is always something that were concerned about. Hes trying to get his back right; hes also been trying to get his shoulder to a really good place. There Wade Boggs Jersey might be something that would push him more toward first base than third.Carpenter played through the sore shoulder last season but the problem wasn't so much managed as endured, according to this week's reports. In 145 games, he batted.241/.384/.451, his OBP up over his career mark but his batting average more than 30 points lower.Offseason rest helped the shoulder, but now Carpenter's back is an i sue.Only Thursdayhe advanced to taking batting practice in the cage and, Mookie Betts Youth Red Jersey notably, grounders at first base, but heexpects to return with two weeks of spring games remaining to get his needed at-bats for opening day.