Cards' Mozeliak: Berkman out at least 6 weeks with torn meniscus

Cards' Mozeliak: Berkman out at least 6 weeks with torn meniscus

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals is attended to after the third out against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on May 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Berkman left the game with a possible injury. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:38 PM

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkmann has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, general manager John Mozeliak announced during a press conference Monday.

Mozeliak said an MRI on Berkman's knee did not show a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but the 36-year-old will get a second opinion later in the week to make sure.

Berkman was hurt while stretching for a throw from shortstop Rafael Furcal on Justin Sellers' groundout in the second inning of Saturday night's 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Berkman, the NL comeback player of the year in 2011, is on the DL for the sixth time in his 14-year career. He had just returned to the lineup on May 13 after being sidelined for 21 games because of a strained left calf he aggravated while chasing a popup.

The Cardinals filled Berkman's roster spot by purchasing the contract of first baseman Matt Adams from Triple-A.

Berkman, a six-time All-Star, underwent surgery on his right knee in 2005 and on his left knee in 2010 while with the Houston Astros.

 


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