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Lance Berkman’s other knee is sore now too

Aug 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Lance Berkman is on the disabled list after aggravating his surgically repaired right knee, but Jenifer Langosch of reports that the Cardinals first baseman “is now also experiencing discomfort in his left knee.”

According to Langosch tests ruled out any structural damage, but Berkman did have surgery on his left knee in 2010 and this represents another hurdle in his attempt to get back in the lineup and re-establish himself as a regular contributor for the Cardinals down the stretch.

Berkman is eligible to return from the DL on August 18, but general manager John Mozeliak speculated that he’s “still a couple of weeks away.”

  1. stex52 - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Bummer. In his baseball prime, the man was a terror. Doesn’t sound like he will awaken a lot of interest next season. Come on back when you are ready, Lance. Houston is bound to have one more personal services contract available for a really classy player.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      I don’t see him playing again after this year. However, since Houston is in rebuilding mode in the move to the AL, I could see Berkman becoming a hitting coach.

      • stex52 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        He is still enormously popular with the Houston fanbase (as it is these days). I don’t know what he will plan to do. But I’m sure they can find something useful. He’s great at community type stuff.

  2. redguy12588 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Cardinals were very lucky that he stayed healthy all last season. Just like how they’re lucky that Beltran has been healthy all this year.

  3. bigleagues - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Lance Berkman’s other knee is sore now too

    But not quite as sore as DeWitt and Hanser’s asses for having paid him 50% more than last season to do 100% less.

    Huh? Ohhhhh yeahhhhh! Contract insurance . . . they should be so lucky to have it on a 36-year-old with no knees. And that’s why it’s nice have The Wrench on hand to fix all your leaky positional plumbing needs like a BOSS! .934 OPS, .151 OPS+

    Not blaming Berkman. Injuries happen . . . especially to his knees. But really, let’s be honest – in the wake of Pujols exit, the Cards had no choice but to sign Puma to appease an already devastated fanbase . . . but on a strictly baseball level? $12 million for a 36-year-old power hitting OF/1B with no knees left is kind of silly – great 2011 year and all.

    • stex52 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Yeah, I thought he would have one more great year. But there is nothing wrong with what you say. But they are still better off than they would be with Albert on the payroll. Lance will be gone next year and they can come up with another option.

      • ajcardsfan - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        Lance will be gone next year and they can come up with another option.

        You mean Matt Carpenter? Or Allen Craig?

      • stex52 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        Or a good solid pitcher, if the hitting is holding up well. But they will be having to think about what kind of longer investment to make in Beltran, too.

  4. billymc75 - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    It’s cause he’s old

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