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Lance Berkman admits he’s unlikely to return this year

Sep 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is taking regular batting practice and performing upper body workouts, but he hasn’t been able to do very much running and acknowledged to reporters on Saturday night that he is unlikely to make it back this season.

“It’s probably a long shot that I will be playing in the playoffs,” Berkman told MLB.com. “Even if I were to get back out there physically, you still have the issue of not being game-ready. I don’t think it would be fair to the team to be added to the playoff roster and take somebody’s spot that could actually help us win.”

The 36-year-old appeared in only 31 games this summer due to right and left knee issues, posting a .263/.385/.450 batting line with two home runs and seven RBI across 96 plate appearances.

Allen Craig has been filling in at first base nicely, but Berkman would have been a useful bench bat in October for the Cards. They entered play Sunday with a two-game lead on the second NL Wild Card spot.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    It would certainly be nice to have his bat off the bench should the Cardinals secure the 2nd Wild Card. But like Lance said…if he isn’t game ready it would be unfair (not to mention unwise) to take a spot from someone who would help more.

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