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.