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Lance Berkman's surgery complete, recovery period is 8-10 weeks

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman underwent surgery Friday morning in Houston on his injured right knee. According to the Cardinals' press release, the "arthroscopy found a partial tear in the medial meniscus, which was removed, and also a small femoral condylar cartilage tear, which was debrided."

Initial fears were that the surgeon might find a partially torn ACL during the procedure, but that did not come to fruition, fortunately for Berkman. Such an injury would have ended his season -- and Berkman had previously hinted it would probably cause him to contemplate retirement.

Instead, the Cardinals place the recovery period at eight to 10 weeks. Ten weeks from Friday is August 3, so it's possible Berkman is able to play with the Cardinals for the final two months of the 2012 season, depending upon how well his rehab goes, of course.

Berkman, 36, enjoyed a career resurgence last season for the Cardinals, hitting .301/.412/.547 with 31 homers, 94 RBI and 90 runs in 145 games. He finished seventh in MVP voting, made his sixth All-Star Game (first since 2008) and won his first World Series ring. This season, Berkman has already been on the DL twice and played in just 13 games. He's hitting .333/.429/.571 with a homer and four RBI.

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