The St. Louis Cardinals have just as good as chance as any team to make the World Series. If the team does happen to make it to the grand finale, they might get some reassurance as well as outfielder Lance Berkman could return to the team.
Berkman has started light exercises on his way back from his second knee surgery. The good thing is playing in an American League ballpark, Berkman may not need to be a full health to contribue to the team as he could easily play at the designated hitter position. Benching anyone on the team like Carlos Beltran or Jon Jay for Berkman to start would not help the club at all.
Berkman is also battling the thought of possibly retiring. He is going to test the free agent waters but if he does not get an offer that he likes, Berkman will end up retiring. Berkman is going to take a lower deal with a lower team like the Seattle Mariners.
Last season, Berkman was a surprsing bright spot for the Cardinals. In 145 games, Berkman averaged .301/.412/.547 and hit 31 home runs and 94 RBI. A great season for a person supposedly past his prime. This season, though, was plagued with a knee injuries to his knee. Berkman was activated from the disabled list Sept. 1 but was shut down for the rest of the season. He played in only 32 games in 2012 batting .259/.381/.444 with two home runs and seven home runs.
The Cardinals could use Berkman in the lineup but if his knee is not at least 80 percent, it would be wise for him to sit it out and not rush it if he is willing to play in the 2013 season.
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