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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lance Berkman seeks second opinion

Doctor replied, “Alright, you’re ugly, too!”

An MRI exam on Monday revealed that Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has suffered a substantial meniscus tear in his right knee, as well as some torn cartilage. A more severe injury to the anterior cruciate ligament was not found on the MRI, but it has also not yet been ruled out.

Dr. Richard Steadman, a noted surgeon and knee specialist, will provide the second opinion on either Thursday or Friday. At a minimum, Berkman will undergo a scope to repair damage to the meniscus. During that procedure, if it is determined that the ACL has been compromised, that, too will be repaired.

If there is no ACL damage, Berkman will be sidelined at least 6-8 weeks. If surgery is needed to repair the ACL, the first baseman will miss the rest of the 2012 season. It could also end Berkman’s career, if the 36-year-old opts not to go through the rehabilitation process, something he is currently undecided upon.

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 22, 2012 at 02:32 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zachtoma Posted: May 22, 2012 at 06:40 AM (#4137548)
I hope he's not done. He's way too good to go out at age 36 with a bad knee, he can still rake and has been rejuvenated since joining the Cards. Maybe the most overlooked player of his generation, if Chipper Jones is the 3rd-best switch hitter of all time, Lance Berkman is probably the fourth. It'll never happen, and WAR hates his defense, but there's a case to be made that he's a borderline HoFer. Lifetime .296/.409/.546, 146 OPS+ - he had two 40-homer years, four more at 30+, he had 55 doubles one year, he batted as high as .331, and OBP'd as high as .450, he slugged as high as .621... forget switch hitters, that's one of the best pure hitters of his era right there. Squint and he looks a bit like an Edgar Martinez for the aughts.
   2. Russ Posted: May 22, 2012 at 09:23 AM (#4137584)
Squint and he looks a bit like an Edgar Martinez for the aughts.


Which just goes to show how awesome Edgar Martinez was.
   3. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: May 22, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4137597)
Lifetime .296/.409/.546, 146 OPS+ - he had two 40-homer years, four more at 30+, he had 55 doubles one year, he batted as high as .331...

Is it unusual for a guy with a near .300 lifetime average to never have hit more than .330? That seems remarkably consistent to me, but I'm not sure.
   4. phredbird Posted: May 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4137720)
boy, that is one bad injury for just stretching to catch a throw. maybe my memory is bad, but he sure didn't look like he was having to exert himself that much.

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