Lance Berkman has cartilage damage in his left knee

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Lance Berkman’s right knee has him on the DL. The other day we learned that his left knee is bothering him too.  Though it was originally reported that it was just “soreness” and that there was no damage, an MRI has revealed cartilage damage.

Joe Strauss has a good story about what Berkman faces now. And how there’s a very good chance that, even if he contributes in a limited role down the stretch this year, his career could soon be over.

Five knee surgeries will do that.

Twins sign Michael Pineda to a two-year deal

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The Twins just announced that they have signed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.

Pineda, 28, has a 4.05 career ERA and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over 680 career major league innings.

Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery this past July, so the Twins are buying a 2018 filled mostly with rehab and a pitcher for 2019. As such, the deal is probably not too taxing financially, but could pay off pretty well for them if Pineda comes back strong.