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Lance Berkman Injury: Cardinals Veteran Won't Be Activated Friday

The St. Louis Cardinals are not going to activate Lance Berkman from the disabled list on Friday. Mike Matheny is being cautious and wants to see the veteran work out again; he also pointed out that with the Braves starting a lefthander on Friday night, Berkman would not have been in the lineup even if he were active.

Manager Mike Matheny said he wanted to see Berkman, who has a strained left calf, work out at least one more time.

"He wasn't going to be in there today anyhow," said Matheny.

Berkman, a switch-hitter, is a more productive hitter lefthanded, i.e., against righthanded pitching.

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Friday's game is set to start at 7:15 p.m. CT.

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