While one 2011 National League All-Star outfielder is fixing to play next week after having had right knee surgery, a 2012 National League All-Star outfielder is headed for surgery Sunday morning to fix his right knee. The Cardinals' Lance Berkman, who is a first baseman now, said he expected to be playing after the Cardinals return from their All-Star break. Berkman, who had surgery in late May, is slated to work out with the club Thursday afternoon here before the team travels to Cincinnati. Berkman, however, may be traveling somewhere else, if he is fit enough, perhaps to Class AA Springfield. "We're still talking about it," Berkman said. "I'm sure they'd like to see me go play a little somewhere." This is not necessarily what Berkman wanted to hear. "There are probably four for five things I don't like about professional baseball, but you're going to have to do them if you're going to play," Berkman said. Shortly after Berkman spoke Saturday afternoon, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who had been out of the lineup lately with some loose debris in his right knee, came out of the game after only two innings. Stanton told manager Ozzie Guillen that he could hit, but not play in the field. Soon, Stanton was on a plane to Miami, where he was to have arthroscopic surgery at 7 a.m. on Sunday. It is estimated he will be out a month.
Berkman ready to return to Cardinals
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jul 8