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Cardinals to put Lance Berkman on disabled list, activate Skip Schumaker

Apr 19, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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UPDATE: St. Louis is placing Berkman on the disabled list and activating Skip Schumaker from the DL to take his roster spot.

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Lance Berkman returned to the Cardinals’ lineup and played two games with a slightly torn calf muscle, but the first baseman suffered a setback while chasing a foul ball yesterday and said afterward that “the disabled list is a possibility for sure.”

Berkman explained to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that if resting the injury for a week while on the active roster didn’t keep him from aggravating it almost immediately a longer absence might be needed.

For now he’s officially listed as day-to-day, but general manager John Mozeliak hinted that a roster move may be coming and at the very least Berkman is unlikely to play again until next week even if he avoids the DL.

Berkman was off to a great start, hitting .348 with a 1.022 OPS in seven games, but the good news for the Cardinals is that rookie fill-in Matt Carpenter has batted .375 with five extra-base hits and a 1.120 OPS in 10 games.

  1. stex52 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Cardinals are on a roll. Seems like a good time to go ahead and let him heal, if that is needed. No sense reinjuring it all season.

  2. ajcardsfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Put him on the DL, have him checked out and make sure he doesn’t do any major damage so we can have him later in the year. Matt Carpenter has been a great substitute, so I see no reason why Berkman shouldn’t be careful.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    From listening to STL Radio this morning, all speculation is Berkman to the DL and Skip Schumacher
    returning earlier than planned from his rehab assignment in Memphis.

    Nothing verified just yet, so all is just speculation to this point.

  4. salvomania - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Interesting to see if Matheny will start giving Skip some ABs, just because he’s a veteran, in place of the youngsters who’ve been absolutely raking.

    If not, it bodes well for Matheny’s success going forward….

    • paperlions - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Agreed. Skip really has no place on the roster. He would even be the 5th OF or the best bench MIF.

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        *wouldn’t

  5. youjivinmeturkey - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I’ve Already Snagged Matt Carpenter In My Fantasy League, As I’m Banking On Berkman Hitting The DL.
    Gotta Be Prepared, Regardless ;)

  6. okwhitefalcon - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    No word yet, Berkman meeting trainers this afternoon – holding pattern til then with announcement expected soon.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    This early in the season they need to put him on the DL now. Injuries to the lower extremeties (above all others)…is the hardest of injuries to try to heal/recover from while playing.
    Put him on the DL. One month…two months…as long as it takes.

  8. okwhitefalcon - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    John Jay slams into the wall today and sprains his shoulder, listed as day to day for now.

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