Lance Berkman will not be participating in baseball-related activities for a few weeks after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee Saturday.
Since his recovery time is scheduled for 2-4 weeks, he may even be on the bench for Opening Day, which means Geoff Blum would likely start in his place.
The Houston Astros first baseman hurt his knee doing a base running drill on March 1, and initial tests showed only a bruise. After playing in five spring games, the knee continued to swell, so their team doctor recommended arthroscopic surgery like he had on the same knee back in 1999.
The five time All-Star missed 18 games last year with a strained left calf and ended the season batting a career-low .274. He is entering the final season of an $85 million, six-year contract extension. Welcome to your mid-thirties Fat Elvis! Creaky knees, sore calves... this is about when everything starts slowly falling apart.
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