Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is taking regular batting practice and performing upper body workouts, but he hasn’t been able to do very much running and acknowledged to reporters on Saturday night that he is unlikely to make it back this season.
“It’s probably a long shot that I will be playing in the playoffs,” Berkman told MLB.com. “Even if I were to get back out there physically, you still have the issue of not being game-ready. I don’t think it would be fair to the team to be added to the playoff roster and take somebody’s spot that could actually help us win.”
The 36-year-old appeared in only 31 games this summer due to right and left knee issues, posting a .263/.385/.450 batting line with two home runs and seven RBI across 96 plate appearances.
Allen Craig has been filling in at first base nicely, but Berkman would have been a useful bench bat in October for the Cards. They entered play Sunday with a two-game lead on the second NL Wild Card spot.