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Lance Berkman has convinced the Cardinals that he does not need to make any rehab starts in the minor leagues, and he's traveling with the team to Cincinnati this weekend. According to Mike Matheny, Berkman could be activated from the DL during this road trip:
Manager Mike Matheny said that it's likely Berkman will be activated during the six-game road trip that the Cardinals have to start the second half of the season.
"We'd like it to go that way," he said. "There are things we need to see baseball-wise."
Berkman, who is recovering from a torn meniscus, says his knee is no longer the problem; he just needs to work on the timing of his swing.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been playing solid baseball in July as they approach the All-Star break, but they are still waiting on the return of slugger Lance Berkman. He is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered back in May, and now it appears Berkman needs a couple rehab starts in the minor leagues before he will return to the team. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently spoke with manager Mike Matheny about Berkman's recovery, and Matheny noted that the plan is to give him several rehab starts:
Matheny said that Berkman, recovering from right knee surgery, has been running well in his pre-game drills. Asked if he thought Berkman would need a couple of rehabilitation games in the minors, Matheny said, "Yes."
Asked if the veteran Berkman was on board with that, Matheny also said, "Yes."
Berkman posted a .333/.429/.571 over 48 plate appearances before suffering his knee injury.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been without first baseman Lance Berkman since May 19, when he tore his meniscus in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But that could soon change, as Berkman is reportedly readying himself to return to the team shortly after the All-Star break. Berkman also believes that he won't have to a rehab assignment, but St. Louis' front office may disagree with him on that.
Joe Strauss: Berkman thinks he's going to be back shortly after the All-Star Break and doesn't think he'll need a rehab stint.- Tim McKernan (@tmckernan) July 2, 2012
Berkman was hitting .333/.429/.571 prior to his injury, albeit in only 48 plate appearances. His injury coincided with a swoon by St. Louis that eventually saw them fall under .500, and most everyone would likely like to see Berkman back sooner rather than later.
The St. Louis Cardinals finally got the good news they'd been waiting for in the never-ending Lance Berkman injury saga: surgeons going in to repair his torn meniscus Friday discovered he hadn't torn his ACL, an injury that would have definitely ended his season and possibly ended his career. His meniscus repaired, Berkman is now likely to miss two months, give or take a couple of weeks, before the Cardinals can count on his return. But it looks like he will return—and in a season so snakebitten as this one, that qualifies as good news.
With Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter also on the disabled list—Craig has a hamstring injury, Carpenter a strained oblique—the Cardinals have been relying on Matt Adams, their rookie first baseman, to pick up the slack. Those three will soak up the bulk of the at-bats through July, when the Cardinals will begin to think about Berkman's role in their stretch run.
Berkman was vital to the Cardinals' World Series run in 2011, hitting .301/.412/.547 with 31 home runs and 94 RBI as their starting right fielder after suffering similar knee problems in 2010. In 2012 he's hit .333/.429/.571 in just 13 games, limited not only by this injury but by an earlier calf problem that caused him to miss most of April.
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman is now on an eight-to-ten-week rehab schedule after successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Friday morning in Houston, Texas. Berkman was injured back on May 12 when he needed to be helped off the field following a seemingly routine play in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Berkman had expressed concern about his ACL after the injury, but if the surgeon had found an ACL tear it would have put Berkman on the shelf for the remainder of the season and perhaps would have had cut his career short. Instead, he is an estimated 8-10 weeks away from hitting the field again, which creates a strong implication that there was no significant ACL damage. This is good news for the injury-ravaged (but still successful) Cardinals.
Lance Berkman underwent right knee surgery today; initial projection for his rehabilitation and recovery is approximately 8-10 weeks.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 25, 2012
Before the injury, Berkman was hitting .333/.429/.571 with five doubles, a triple, and a home run in 49 plate appearances over 13 games.
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Thursday, but a conflict in the surgeon's schedule will delay the procedure until Friday, according to the team's official Twitter feed. The surgery had been set for Thursday morning in Houston, Texas, and now it will be delayed until Friday, May 25.
Lance Berkman's right knee surgery, scheduled for this morning, is postponed until the 25th due to a conflict in the surgeon's schedule.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 24, 2012
Berkman had expressed concern about his ACL earlier in the week despite fairly good news on his MRI, but if the surgeon doesn't find any damage to the ACL the slugger could be back in six-to-eight weeks. For more on Lance Berkman's injury troubles, follow along on our storystream.
The only confirmed Lance Berkman injury surgeons will be dealing with on Thursday as they repair his right knee is a torn meniscus, but there could be more going on under the skin—they'll also be looking for a torn ACL, which wasn't found on the first MRI but could still be lurking underneath the swelling. If the problem is limited to Berkman's meniscus the St. Louis Cardinals' slugger could be back in less than two months. If the ACL is torn, though, Berkman could miss the season—and will once more have to consider the possibility of retirement.
Before the injury—limited by an unrelated calf problem that caused him to miss most of April—Berkman was hitting .333/.429/.571 with five doubles, a triple, and a home run in 49 plate appearances spread out over 13 games. In his place the Cardinals have relied on Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig—also injured—and now the hulking prospect Matt Adams.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Thursday morning at 7 a.m. in Houston, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The surgery begins a process that could hopefully have Berkman returning to the playing field within a few months.
When Berkman went down on May 19, there was concern that the first baseman had torn the ACL in his right knee, which would require major surgery. Such a severe injury would have costed Berkman all of the 2012 season, and the player even suggested that he'd be willing to consider retirement if the MRI results were bad enough.
Obviously, the results that came back from the MRI weren't remotely as grave as had originally been thought, leaving some hope that Berkman could ultimately return within 6-to-8 weeks. After learning the MRI results, Berkman commented that he was still concerned with his ACL, but doctors appear to believe the ligament is alright.
On a very special episode of Legopiece Theater: Dugout Abbey, Albert Pujols contemplates what Lance Berkman's injury and St. Louis Cardinals tenure may mean to his own life.
And someone may end up drinking from a toilet.
The St. Louis Cardinals avoided the worst diagnosis from Lance Berkman's injury Monday—his knee injury is severe, but a preliminary MRI showed only a torn meniscus, and not the torn ACL that was the worst fear of Berkman, the Cardinals, Cardinals fans, and people who just like to watch good hitters hit. Of course, there's a complicating factor in the background of all this cautious celebrating: According to dot-com reporter Jenifer Langosch Berkman himself still believes there's something wrong with his ACL.
"All of the information that I'm getting, plus what I felt, leads me to believe there is an issue with the ACL," Berkman said. "I'm hoping that's not the case, but I'm not sure that's the case."
If that's not the case, the Cardinals would lose Berkman for the rest of the season; if not, he could miss up to two months recovering from the surgery to repair his meniscus. In the meantime, the Cardinals will rotate Allen Craig—also currently injured—Matt Carpenter, and the recently promoted Matt Adams through first base.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has a torn meniscus but tests did not find a torn ACL, according to general manager John Mozeliak. Berkman plans to get a second opinion, but if the meniscus tear is the worst of it, he could return to the field this season.
Mozeliak says Berkman has meniscus tear. Getting a second opinion later in the week. No ACL tear found today. Possibly only 6-8 weeks now.— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) May 21, 2012
That is potentially very good news -- under the circumstances -- for Berkman, who has admitted that an ACL tear could mean the end of his career.
Berkman has hit .333/.429/.571 in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2012.
Just last year the St. Louis Cardinals saw a renaissance from Lance Berkman, who set a new career-high in OPS+ at 35 and had a crucial hit in the Cardinals' improbable Game 6 victory in the World Series. This year Berkman's talking retirement after suffering an injury that appears to be a torn ACL. Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch got the quote that's set things up in such serious terms:
If I've re-torn my ACL or something like that, I'd certainly get it fixed but you don't know how psychologically you're going to come back from something like that..
Berkman has already torn his right ACL once before—in the offseason after the Houston Astros' 2004 loss to the Cardinals in the NLCS, apparently playing flag football. Since then he's suffered additional knee injuries, including the ones that made him so affordable after a let-down 2010 season split between the Astros and the New York Yankees.
The Cardinals spent some of their Albert Pujols dividend on three veterans with injury problems in the offseason—so far Rafael Furcal has been a major success, with Carlos Beltran looking outstanding in the face of increasing knee soreness. But Lance Berkman looks to have gotten the worst possible news this weekend.
The latest Lance Berkman injury news is bad, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Joe Strauss: He's tweeting that the P-D is reporting the worst possible news ahead of Berkman's scheduled MRI, with the St. Louis Cardinals slugger suffering a second torn ACL.
Post-Dispatch reporting early diagnosis is that Berkman did suffer a torn ACL in right knee Saturday. Monday MRI to confirm.— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) May 21, 2012
Berkman tore his ACL—in the same knee—for the first time during the 2004 offseason, apparently while playing flag football. He talked retirement in the face of this possible diagnosis over the weekend, but that probably won't affect the Cardinals either way; if he's really torn his ACL, he's likely to miss the season. Nevertheless it's tough to hear from one of baseball's best hitters over the last decade, who as recently as 2011 set a career-high in OPS+ and saved Game 6 of the World Series with a crucial RBI single.
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The St. Louis Cardinals could have lost Lance Berkman for a while, but Matt Adams, their top prospect at first base, made a strong debut Sunday, going 2-4 and scoring a run in their loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Neither single was quite of the booming, this-is-why-he's-a-top-prospect variety, but they showed Adams's surprisingly free-swinging style as a hitter at its best and worst.
We've already run a get-to-know-Matt-Adams piece, in case you missed it, but you're likely to see plenty more of his work as the Cardinals continue to find a way to weather the potentially permanent loss of Lance Berkman and the temporary loss of Allen Craig. Matt Carpenter, who could also see some time in relief of a slumping David Freese, could be the Cardinals' choice-by-default against the left-handed Clayton Richard for their series opener against the San Diego Padres on Monday, but Adams is likely to start against familiar right-handers Edinson Volquez and Jeff Suppan over the next two days.
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after injuring himself on Saturday night, as the team announced on Sunday. The Cards also announced that prospect Matt Adams has had his contract purchased from Triple-A Memphis to replace Berkman on the active roster.
The team says that Berkman is sitting out with a right knee injury. In Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Berkman appeared to injure the knee while making a routine defensive play, eventually needing help to walk off the field.
Back in 2005, he had surgery on the ACL in his right knee, although he told reporters he doesn't think he re-injured the ligament. Limited by injuries this season, the 36-year-old has appeared in just 13 games so far this season. Over 42 plate appearances, he's hit .333/.429/.571 with five doubles, one triple and one home run.
Adams, 23, has hit .340 with ten doubles and nine homers over 37 games with Memphis this season. A former 23rd-round pick back in 2009, he's considered one of the best prospects in the game at his position.
Placed on outright waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, Adam Lind could make sense for the St. Louis Cardinals in the wake of Lance Berkman's injury.
An impending sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers is currently the least of the St. Louis Cardinals' problems. The top priority has now turned to the health of first basemen Lance Berkman, who was helped off the field on Saturday night after a routine play in which he caught a throw from shortstop Rafael Furcal to retire Dodgers shortstop Justin Sellers. After falling to the ground, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and a trainer rushed to Berkman's side. Berkman then tried to walk off the field, but was unable to and was helped off by the two men.
No specific diagnosis yet on Berkman's knee injury, though he doesn't believe it to be an ACL issue. Will know more after MRI in StL on Mon.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) May 20, 2012
The St. Louis Cardinals will have to deal with another Lance Berkman injury.
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