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Berkman fears injury is worse than diagnosis

ST. LOUIS — 1B Lance Berkman will be out at least six to eight weeks with cartilage damage on both sides of the knee but an MRI exam did not appear to show ligament damage, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday.

Because he was hurt making a routine play, Berkman, 36, suspects a ligament injury that would require significant surgery and end his season, and perhaps his career.

"We can all agree you shouldn't get hurt just stretching for a ball at first base," he said.

CHAPMAN ARREST: Reds LH reliever Aroldis Chapman was arrested and charged with speeding — reportedly 93 mph — on Interstate 71 and driving with a suspended license early Monday.

CONCERN FOR LITSCH: Blue Jays RHP Jesse Litsch, the former Dixie Hollins High standout and Rays bat boy, told Sportsnet that his shoulder injury has become career-threatening. Litsch, 27, is battling an infection caused by treatment for inflammation.

PARKING LOT ATTACK: A minor fender bender in a Dodger Stadium parking lot Sunday led to the beating of a driver and the arrest of four people, police said. A man in his 20s had minor injuries.

CLEMENS Trial: Brian McNamee, Roger Clemens' former personal trainer, told a jury that he helped supply Clemens' teammates Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and Mike Stanton with human grown hormone as federal prosecutors tried to rehabilitate his credibility in Clemens' perjury trial.

PADRES SALE: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is joining movie producer Thomas Tull in an attempt to buy the team. In other Padres news, LHP Cory Luebke said he will have elbow ligament replacement surgery.

ANGELS: LF Vernon Wells will have right thumb surgery today and is expected to be sidelined eight to 10 weeks.

RANGERS: RHP Neftali Feliz will be shut down for at least a month with right elbow inflammation.

RED SOX: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka had his rehab assignment shut down because of pain in his right trapezius muscle. … RF Cody Ross could be out six to eight weeks with a fractured left foot.

Berkman fears injury is worse than diagnosis 05/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:16am]
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