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Lance Berkman debuts as designated hitter

Mar 6, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

Lance Berkman headshot.jpgLance Berkman, who missed the Thursday’s Grapefruit League opener due to a bruised left knee, made his exhibition debut against the Tigers on Friday night. Functioning as the club’s designated hitter, Berkman was 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout:

“You can only do so much in the cage,” Berkman said. “You need to go out
there and get your feet wet, and it was a good start. I felt OK
running. [The knee] isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely playable. I think
we’ll be able to manage.”

Berkman is penciled in to play first base against the Braves on Saturday. While this is all well and good, I’m more interested in the controversy of whether Berkman’s knee was injected with shark cartilage or chicken comb. Turns out it was chicken comb.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    It’s only a matter of time before shark cartilage and chicken comb are both banned as PEDs. Well, that’s what they are. Besides, I believe that chicken comb injections cause batters to stand further back in the batter’s box and makes them really nervous about high inside pitches.
    Aside from which, down here in Macondo most chicken comb has already been blessed by a Santera. Wait till the archbishop finds out about that. But then, a mass exorcism would probably bring more spectators out to Joeprodolsharklife Stadium than a Feesh game would.

  2. eh? - Mar 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    just call it synvisc…all this talk of sharks and chickens makes it sound like some sort of voodoo

  3. VooDoo - Mar 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Ha Ha , Won’t somebody get Lance a cap that fits his head.

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