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Lance Berkman bruised and bloodied, but ready for Game 6

Oct 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

New York Yankees' first baseman Lance Berkman falls while chasing a foul ball hit by Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

Lance Berkman has had a rough week.

First he gashed his left thumb while trying to cut up a credit card, telling reporters “I almost sliced the tip of my thumb off” and “it was gushing blood.” He’s been patching the wound with super-glue in the dugout during games.

Then he took a hard fall after slipping on the warning track while chasing after a foul ball Wednesday, leaving him bruised and sore.

Berkman felt good enough to take batting practice and go through the usual off-day workouts yesterday, and he’s expected to be in the lineup tonight against right-hander Colby Lewis and the Rangers. Berkman has been helpless against lefties this year (and really, since 2007), but he hit .267/.393/.453 versus righties during the regular season.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    This doesn’t have much to do with these injuries, but I really respect a stand-up guy like Berkman. I wish more people had his sense of decency.

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