St. Louis Cardinals Wiretap
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny received a call from Lance Berkman on Friday afternoon.
Berkman called to inform Matheny that he plans to return to the team this season. The slugger had surgery on Friday to repair meniscus and cartilage tears in his right knee.
St. Louis has announced that he will likely be out eight to 10 weeks following the procedure. Berkman had feared there would be damage to the anterior cruciate ligament but none was found.
"I think he was surprised," said Matheny. "He thought it probably was worse. I was interested to hear from him that soon. I thought he would still be medicated.
"But it was great to hear his voice and hear that excitement. He's thinking about counting down the days until he's back."
Lance Berkman is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks following surgery on his injured right knee.
The Cardinals said the arthroscopic surgery found a partial tear in the medial meniscus, which was removed.
Berkman had feared possible damage to the anterior cruciate ligament.
The Cardinals say surgery on Lance Berkman's injured right knee has been postponed one day because of a conflict in his doctor's schedule in Houston.
The 36-year-old first baseman was hurt stretching to receive a throw on Saturday.
The team anticipates he will be out at least six to eight weeks and Berkman could miss the remainder of the season if there's extensive ligament damage.
The best-case scenario would have Lance Berkman back with the Cardinals after the All-Star break.
St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said that Berkman will be sidelined at least six to eight weeks with significant cartilage damage on both sides of his right knee, but an MRI did not appear to show ligament damage.
Hurt making a routine play, Berkman suspects a ligament injury that would require more significant surgery and end his season -- and perhaps his career.
Berkman will undergo an arthroscopic procedure later this week in Vail, Colorado.
"At a minimum, it's a scope to repair it," Mozeliak said. "We're hopeful, we're optimistic that's what it is. But we'll need a few days before we determine anything. Certainly, he knows there are uncertain times ahead of him."
Lance Berkman suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on Saturday, according to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
That is the early diagnosis and an MRI on Monday is expected to confirm the injury.
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