Lance Berkman activated from disabled list

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After batting .235 (4-for-17) with a double over six games during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis, Lance Berkman was activated from the disabled list by the Cardinals this afternoon.

Berkman has been sidelined for nearly a month due to right knee inflammation. The 36-year-old isn’t quite 100 percent, so he’s expected to serve as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman down the stretch while Allen Craig will remain a fixture in the starting lineup.

Berkman has been limited to just 28 games this year due to knee and calf injuries, batting .267/.389/.467 with two homers and seven RBI over 90 plate appearances. He has already hinted that this could be his final season.

Report: Bryan Shaw has two multiyear offers on the table

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Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.

The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.

The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.