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Lance Berkman aggravates knee injury, goes back on DL

Aug 3, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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UPDATE: St. Louis placed Berkman on the disabled list with right knee inflammation.

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Lance Berkman tweaked his surgically repaired right knee in his final at-bat last night and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the 36-year-old first baseman “had the knee heavily wrapped with ice after the game” and will be examined by team doctors today.

Berkman had knee surgery two months ago and returned from the disabled list in mid-July, going 6-for-33 (.182) with one homer in 15 games since.

Berkman told Langosch that last night wasn’t the first time on the Cardinals’ road trip that his knee has been sore, saying: “It’s just not a perfect knee. I’ve been scanned, zapped more than most players, probably, in that particular part of the body. I’ll let the doctor look at it and see what he thinks.”

Even before last night Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was planning to limit Berkman’s playing time, in part to keep him healthy and in part to find regular playing time for, among others, Allen Craig.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    And it continues.

  2. maynardstool - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Time to bring up the phenom Taveras!

  3. stex52 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Bummer. I was hoping Lance would keep it up this year and have maybe a year or two left to work on a plausible HOF claim. Doesn’t look like it.

  4. GoneYickitty - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Strange how the guys with extra fat so often have knee problems. I think it’s a coincidence.

  5. makeham98 - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    He can go for a tractor ride with his fellow ex-Astro

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