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Lance Berkman is going to have an MRI on that shoulder

Jul 27, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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Lance Berkman, who has been sidelined with a strain to his rotator cuff,  is going to have an MRI today.

Berkman injured the shoulder on a swing Sunday and had to leave the game last night due to more trouble with it. The Cardinals and Berkman still think it’s nothing serious and are looking at anti-inflammatory injections and rest, but clearly having his bat out of the lineup will be a problem if it’s for more than a couple of days.

The odds-on-favorite for Comeback Player of the Year is currently hitting .286/.398/.595 with 27 homers.

  1. dodger88 - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    With Rasmus now gone, the Cards had better hope it is not serious. Actually, no worries – Corey Patterson is on his way!

    • paperlions - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Patterson has that veteraniness that can overcome things like talent. When playing for TLR, it is better to try very hard and suck than to have the talent to make difficult things look easy (which must mean you are not trying).

    • spudchukar - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Allen Craig.

      • paperlions - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        God I hope so…..last night they were saying that he was on a “rehab” assignment but there was no schedule for his return to the ML club. Seems like they also said he was playing 1B, might be that they are slowly working him back if he knee is healing slowly.

  2. cintiphil - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    This is actually worse news for the birds than trading Rasmus. Berkman actually knows how to play big league baseball and has contributed. We lost Rolen in Cinti. with the same bad shoulder he has had for years. Now, there is no one to play third on a regular basis. How does a team replace a Scott Rolen? They have to platoon Cairo with a rookie to get the job done. The Reds are toast. If Berkman is out too long, the birds will not be far behind.

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