Lance Berkman suffers setback from knee surgery

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Lance Berkman headshot.jpgLance Berkman, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out loose cartilage in his left knee on
March 13, was already iffy for the start of the season. Now he’s almost surely headed for the disabled list.

According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Berkman’s knee “swelled up a good bit” after he took some ground balls and tried to run on Tuesday.

“I was hopeful that by increasing activities that it wouldn’t irritate
it, and apparently it’s going to,” he said. “I need to drop down to
where I just swing a little bit. Today I took ground balls and moved
around a good bit, and it didn’t respond like I wanted it to.”

The Astros can backdate Berkman, so if he is forced to begin the season on the DL, he would have to miss at
least the first four games of the season before being eligible
to return to the Astros’ lineup. If Tuesday’s setback was any indication, even that timeline might be a tad optimistic.