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Lance Berkman legs out a triple, sits out with a calf injury

Apr 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Lance Berkman was playing through a finger injury yesterday when he tweaked his left calf muscle legging out a rare triple, leaving the game two innings later.

He’s also absent from the Cardinals’ lineup this afternoon, sitting out against right-hander Johnny Cueto and the Reds.

Berkman described his calf as “tender” following the game and initially held out some hope that he’d be in the lineup today, suggesting it might not be particularly serious.

He was off to a great start this season, batting .375 with a 1.190 OPS through five games, but Matt Carpenter is now filling in for Berkman at first base and hitting cleanup. Carlos Beltran also has the day off.

When he does return, the 36-year-old Berkman may want to think about stopping at second base.

  1. ezthinking - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Learning to not mindlessly run his mouth in the wake of the Ozzie deal would probably be wise as well.

    • stex52 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      I take it you favor only pablum from sports figures. He responds to interviewers honestly and usually gives some insight into what is actually going on around him. I prefer that.

  2. creek0512 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I was expecting him to say that he wished he would have known Freese was gonna hit a HR so he could have stopped at second.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    When he does return, the 36-year-old Berkman may want to think about stopping at second base.

    His wife may take issue with that seeing that he rarely goes to third base…

  4. ajcardsfan - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Take as long as you need to recover so you’re not out for the end of the season. We’ll be fine with M. Carpenter, but I’d like you to finish out one more season with us. Everybody needs a Phat Elvis

  5. yankeesfanlen - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Berkman!

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