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Cardinals to get Berkman back on road trip, but lose McClellan for season

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
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Cardinals fans, here comes some good news and bad news. First, Lance Berkman is going to return to the active roster at some point during the Cardinals' six-game road trip to open the second half of the season. On the flip-side, relief pitcher Kyle McClellan had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder Tuesday, and he's done for the 2012 season (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

Berkman was able to convince the Cardinals he doesn't need a rehab assignment, and he'll instead go straight to the Cardinals roster during the road trip, reports the Post-Dispatch. It won't be Friday, but it will be within the next five games of the trip that he is activated.

"I'd rather work my way back in at this level," Berkman said (Post-Dispatch). "I shouldn't be playing ahead of any of the guys we have out there. We have that luxury."

Berkman, 36, is hitting .333/.429/.571 with a homer and four RBI in just 49 plate appearances this season. Berkman also told reporters his knee -- upon which he had surgery in May -- isn't an issue.

As for McClellan, he was on the comeback trail from an elbow injury when the shoulder injury popped up. The 28 year old was off to a rough start to the 2012 season, but back in 2010 he proved he could be a very reliable relief pitcher.

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