(SAN DIEGO) — While the St. Louis Cardinals fight for their playoff lives, they won’t have one of their best bats for the rest of the year. First baseman Lance Berkman will undergo season-ending knee surgery today.
Berkman had surgery on his knee in May and couldn’t get healthy enough to get back on the field. On Monday Berkman traveled to Houston to meet with the doctors who performed his initial surgery; they will also perform this surgery.
This will be Berkman’s sixth knee surgery of his 14-year career. It is also his fourth surgery on his right knee.
If the injury is serious, it may force the former All-Star to retire. Berkman has hinted before that this might be his last season regardless. If he does retire, it caps off a great career for Berkman. In 14 seasons with the Astros, Yankees, and Cardinals, Berkman has a career batting average of .296 with 360 home runs and 1,200 RBIs.
Berkman played in just 31 games this season for the Cardinals.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN