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Astros' Berkman may miss opener

KISSIMMEE — Astros All-Star first baseman Lance Berkman will have minor surgery on his left knee today and miss two to four weeks, a recovery period that could sideline him for opening day.

Berkman, 34, injured his knee during a baserunning drill at camp March 1. Tests showed that Berkman bruised his knee, and he played five games after skipping the spring opener. The knee continued to swell, so the team doctor decided that the five-time All-Star should have arthroscopic surgery.

Berkman, who had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee in 1999, is entering the final season of an $85 million, six-year extension.

Braves: Right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who had been struggling with inflammation around his right shoulder then had his Wednesday spring debut rained out, threw two scoreless innings against the Pirates before the game was called because of more rain. He said his arm felt fine, but he was more eager to see how it would feel today.

Brewers: Outfielder Jim Edmonds, 39, hit a two-run homer, strengthening his case to make the opening day roster. Edmonds, who took off last year and agreed to a minor-league deal this winter, had two hits and scored twice.

Dodgers: Manny Ramirez went 0-for-3 as the DH and a Los Angeles split squad heavy on minor-leaguers was held to three hits in a 5-2 loss to a team of Taiwanese all-stars in Taipei.

Mariners: Third baseman Chone Figgins ended his spring slump with two hits, including a two-run triple in a four-run fifth inning. Figgins, who signed a free agent deal this past winter, was 0-for-11.

Mets: The team said shortstop Jose Reyes will refrain from athletic activity for two to eight weeks and just rest until his thyroid levels normalize. He will likely be put on the disabled list when the season starts. "He's a guy we projected to bat third in the lineup, and that puts a little strain on us," manager Jerry Manuel said. All-Star centerfielder Carlos Beltran already is expected to miss the first month of the season after right knee surgery Jan. 13.

Rockies: Closer Huston Street says his 20-pitch performance in batting practice went well and his right shoulder was fine. Colorado has been cautious with Street after he experienced inflammation in the shoulder. He could make his first spring game appearance late next week.

Twins: Catcher Joe Mauer, who fouled a pitch off his right shoulder Thursday, said he felt fine but will miss today's game vs. the Phillies as a precaution.

White Sox: Right-hander Jake Peavy was sharp in his first spring start, striking out three in three scoreless innings vs. the Angels. He allowed two hits in an efficient 38-pitch outing.

Astros' Berkman may miss opener 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 10:01pm]
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