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.