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Lance Berkman not ready to return from calf injury

May 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Lance Berkman tested his strained left calf yesterday, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “he felt some residual tightness and the plan now is for him not to try to run again until Monday.”

Hummel notes that Berkman missed 21 days with a similar injury in 2009, so a similar timetable now would have him returning late next week. Even that seems pretty optimistic at this point, as Berkman admitted that yesterday’s running test “didn’t go as well as I wanted it to” and “it’s not there yet.”

Matt Carpenter has played well filling in for Berkman at first base and Allen Craig‘s return from offseason knee surgery gives manager Mike Matheny another option for a big bat, but there’s no way for the Cardinals to truly replace the production a healthy Berkman has provided since last season. In 152 total games for St. Louis he’s hit .303 with 31 homers, nearly as many walks (98) as strikeouts (99), and a .963 OPS.

  1. only1stantheman - May 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Letting him get right will pay dividends when we need those clutch hits down the stretch… I’m glad they are being careful to be sure.

  2. sir1389 - May 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Agreed his true value will be down the stretch and in the postseason when he will be fresh enough to deliver those clutch hits that we need.

  3. ptfu - May 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    The more homers he hits, the less running he has to do :-)

  4. stex52 - May 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Lance has historically been a player who tires late. If this all clears up, it may well be to the Cards’ advantage. Hope so, anyway. The man is still a monster at the plate when he is fresh.

  5. okwhitefalcon - May 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    It’s nice to have the luxury of having good backups when regulars aren’t healthy but Lance needs to get back and stay back.

    The Cards are getting ready to play something like the next 50 something of sixty something out of the division, the picnic playing the Central is about to come to an end.

  6. only1stantheman - May 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Agreed, and the card’s young hot bats are coming back down to reality now, adding craig and hopefully Berkman soon should take up the slack…

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