Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Berkman sits but not worried about knee bruise

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Berkman could barley run to from first to second base on Tuesday night after taking an 84 mph slider from Clayton Kershaw off his right knee -- the same knee Berkman had surgery on two months ago.

Berkman was out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers and said he's still feeling pain from the deep bone bruise that forced him to leave Tuesday's game in the third inning.

But Berkman was able to pinch-hit and drew a crucial walk with one out in the 12th inning in the Cardinals' 3-2 win. He quickly fell behind 1-2 in the count but battled in a seven-pitch at-bat against Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and was lifted for pinch-running pitcher Joe Kelly, who scored the winning run on Rafael Furcal's single.

Berkman doesn't expect the bruise to have any lasting effects once the swelling subsides.

"It's a bruise y'all. Y'all have had bruises," Berkman said. "It's not like it's a major deal."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shared in Berkman's optimism.

"He'll be fine," Matheny said. "It just hit a bad spot."

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Berkman could barley run to from first to second base on Tuesday night after taking an 84 mph slider from Clayton Kershaw off his right knee -- the same knee Berkman had surgery on two months ago.

Berkman was out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers and said he's still feeling pain from the deep bone bruise that forced him to leave Tuesday's game in the third inning.

But Berkman was able to pinch-hit and drew a crucial walk with one out in the 12th inning in the Cardinals' 3-2 win. He quickly fell behind 1-2 in the count but battled in a seven-pitch at-bat against Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and was lifted for pinch-running pitcher Joe Kelly, who scored the winning run on Rafael Furcal's single.

Berkman doesn't expect the bruise to have any lasting effects once the swelling subsides.

"It's a bruise y'all. Y'all have had bruises," Berkman said. "It's not like it's a major deal."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shared in Berkman's optimism.

"He'll be fine," Matheny said. "It just hit a bad spot."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.