Lance Berkman Ponders Retirement And Other MLBullets

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is helped off the field after suffering a knee injury in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The latest from around the League where Josh Beckett apparently just has to "try"...

  • St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Lance Berkman could be facing a retirement decision after a potentially serious knee injury. The 36-year-old has contemplated retirement before, after struggling a couple years ago. But he came to St. Louis, where everyone's career is magically extended, and found a rebirth last year. He's been hitting well this year, too, but has been regularly nicked up. He says if the knee injury proves to be a torn ACL or something similarly serious, he's not sure if he'll be coming back. "If I've re-torn my ACL or something like that, I'd certainly get it fixed but you don't know how psychologically you're going to come back from something like that," Berkman said. "I'm not talking from the standpoint of being scared of hurting it again. I'm talking about doing everything it takes to come back and play again at an elite level. I think that's a legitimate question I'm going to have to answer if, in fact, it turns out to be something more serious than we hope that it is." If Berkman goes down for good, the Cardinals will replace him long-term with big-time prospect Matt Adams.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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