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Lance Berkman hoping to return Tuesday after MRI exam shows “minor” calf tear

Apr 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Goold reports that an MRI exam revealed a “minor” calf tear and Berkman says it’s “more than reasonable” for him to return on Tuesday.

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Lance Berkman was able to play through a finger injury, but the Cardinals first baseman called himself “doubtful” to return this week after suffering a calf injury legging out a triple on Tuesday.

Asked if he thought a disabled list stint would be needed, Berkman told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “If it gets any worse, then it becomes an issue. We’ll have to wait and see how it responds.”

Berkman also indicated that a similar injury in 2009 required a DL stay, noting that early season weather also doesn’t help matters. Matt Carpenter subbed for Berkman yesterday as Cardinals manager Mike Matheny also gave Carlos Beltran and David Freese the game off.

  1. ezthinking - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Still think he replaces Albert, St. Lou?

    • fearlessleader - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      My good friend came up with a word for comments like this: Bellignorant.

      • jimbo1949 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        +++++++ Love it ^. Also, it’s shorter than “louder don’t make you righter”.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        Wonderful Fearless. “Bellignorant.” I am gonna’ start using the word often.
        Like…everyday on HBT.

    • paperlions - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Pujols so far in 2012 (AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS): .222/.333/.333/.667

      Berkman so far in 2012: .375/.565/.625/1.190

      ….just sayin’

      • David Klein - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Oh hey there, small sample size. I was wondering where you went.

      • paperlions - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        I am well aware….I don’t tend to respond to trolls with serious things….but if you want me to update with a larger sample size, here you go :-)

        Pujols: .182/.280/.273/.553

        The point was that there hasn’t been enough time to miss anyone, yet.

        But I admit, I miss the 2008 version of Pujols already….I think we do have a large enough sample size to conclude that that guy is gone.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Still jealous?

  2. st1080 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Berkman wasn’t poo poo’s replacement. Carlos beltran is. You know the guy with 3 home runs and a few RBIs.

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Berkman was meant to be a leader/veteran that everybody could turn to. Pujols wasn’t that person. I miss Pujols production and the presence he brought on the field, but his personality was too cold.

  3. mdredbird - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    st1080 beat me to it. I think all us STL fans know there’s no replacing Albert. A healthy Beltran takes away some of the sting.

    • st1080 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      If pujols wants to face superior pitching and look like an idiot god bless em. At least he is bankin,right?

  4. spudchukar - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Fortunately, the Cards have plenty of options. Most teams do not have that luxury.

  5. st1080 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Berkman is also walked…ALOT.

  6. ezthinking - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    OK folks, as long as you Card fans sleep comfortably.

    .. and the 5-2 v. 2-3 comment comes in ..3…2…1…

    • fearlessleader - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Uh-huh. With visions of World Series rings dancing in our heads.

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Lol, I’d look at the Angels instead of us. Pujols was/is a great player, but it’s obvious that even with a lot of talent, you can still fail.

    • paperlions - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      I sleep just fine.

      Would it have been great for Pujols to be a Cardinal for life? Yes, of course it would have been.

      As Cardinal fans, did we get the best years of Pujols? Yes, of course we did.

      As owners, did the Cardinals get lucky to have the Angels step up and way overpay for Pujols? Yes, of course they did.

      • spudchukar - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        Now I understand the 2 out of 3 theory better.

  7. ezthinking - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Thanks Albert.

    Post season when they went to the world series:

    2004: .414 .493 .793 1.286 6 HR 14 RBI

    2006: .288 .439 .519 .959 3 HR 6 RBI

    2011: .353 .463 .691 1.155 5 HR 16 RBI

    • paperlions - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      And? What?

      That’s history. He’s 32 now, and way too expensive.

      You want to see Berkman’s numbers from the playoffs last year? They were better than those of Pujols.

    • fearlessleader - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Wait! You mean…..Albert’s been a REALLY GREAT PLAYER for the last decade? I HAD NO IDEA!!!

      What’s your point, ezthinking, other than to be a provocative and not particularly interesting troll?

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        He is just being bellignorant. Hahaha! “Bellignorant.”

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Jealous much?

  8. okwhitefalcon - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Listening to STL radio today, the organization “isn’t that concerned – yet” about Berkman.

    General consensus is as stated above, a return Tuesday based on how it responds to treatment.

    Additional depth and flexibility is on the way, Craig is tentatively scheduled to head out on a rehab assignment next week with Schumacher due the same in a day or so. Odd men out appear to be Robinson and Komatsu if no other injuries occur and Berkman proves healthy.

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      I think I’d put Robinson in, he’s done well as a PH so far, I’d like to see how he could do defensively, but then again, we can leave him at PH and put in Matt C.

  9. st1080 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Albert who? Oh that guy. The guy who had his feeling hurt that the cardinals offered him 25 a year for 5 years or “insulted”

  10. ezthinking - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    This is just dazzling. Thanks all.

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