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Lance Berkman nearing return from knee surgery

Jul 12, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

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Lance Berkman will not be activated from the disabled list for the start of the second half tomorrow, but his return from knee surgery isn’t far off.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berkman will travel with the Cardinals to Cincinnati after successfully lobbying that a minor league rehab assignment will not be necessary.

While Berkman’s knee is no longer an issue, he’ll have to shake the rust at the plate before being cleared to return. He took batting practice today at Busch Stadium and will go through the same routine at Great American Ballpark. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny believes it’s likely he’ll be activated at some point during the team’s upcoming six-game road trip.

Berkman was hitting .333 (14-for-42) with one homer and four RBI in 13 games prior to undergoing surgery on May 25 to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. While his return likely means less at-bats for Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter, the 36-year-old isn’t expected to play every day initially.

  1. - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    He said he was good to go last week and would be ready for Friday’s game against Cincinnati. Now, where to put Craig…

  2. citizenking77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    The Cards always impress me with their resourcefulness.

  3. blues1988 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    well if it’s anything like mcClellan, carp, or the countless other cardinals that have been misdiagnosed, i’d say he’s still got a few months to go. i just don’t understand how such a great organization can have such a TERRIBLE medical staff.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Dead on Blues. My Father has been echoing that sentiment about the the Medical and Training Staffs for years. So much so I am tired of hearing about it. But he does have a point.
      Our Pitching staff in general seems to be injured a great deal.
      Odd…Hokey…Rinky Dink type of injuries.
      And you can bet the initial assements will be revised multiple times during the process(s).

  4. okwhitefalcon - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Berkman to be activated tomorrow if all goes well in BP per Jenifer Langosch, he and Craig will split time at first allowing both to get healty(er) from leg issues.

    Apparently, the Cards have no desire to overexpose either so don’t expect Craig to be making very many appearances in the outfield anytime soon.

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