Lance Berkman has torn calf, likely out until Tuesday
Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is likely out until Tuesday with a slight tear of his calf muscle.
"If it gets any worse, then it becomes an issue," said Berkman. "We'll have to wait and see how it responds."
Goold points out that Berkman suffered a similar injury back in 2009 and was forced to go on the disabled list.
Under normal circumstances, super-sub Allen Craig would fill in for Berkman at first base, but Craig is on the DL after undergoing offseason knee surgery. Craig should be activated soon, however.
That means rookie Matt Carpenter will man first while Berkman is out. While he's no Berkman at the plate, the lefty-swinging Carpenter should benefit from facing right-handers in the first two games of upcoming Cubs series. On Sunday, however, lefty Paul Maholm starts for the opposition.
As for Berkman, he was off to a hot start in 2012 (.375/.565/.625), but this is the kind of injury that can linger, particularly in a 36-year-old.
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