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Lance Berkman Injury: Early Reports Suggest ACL Tear Likely For Cardinals First Baseman

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.

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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