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Lance Berkman said he's "90 percent" recovered from a left groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for six games. Berkman has started 30 games in right field and 63 at first base this season and would rather stay in the infield the rest of the season.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Berkman went through agility drills on Wednesday, as he tries to come back to the Astros from a left groin strain. He is expected to return to the team for Friday's contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Berkman was forced to leave Sunday's game against the New York Mets when he strained his left groin running out a fifth-inning double.
Berkman has 14 RBIs in his last 11 games.
Berkman was selected to his fourth All-Star team Sunday and will be a reserve first baseman for the National League. He is hitting .319 with 22 homers and 71 RBIs this season.
Berkman played in his first exhibition game Sunday. The Astros' first baseman-outfielder had surgery to remove scar tissue from his right knee in January. Berkman told the Houston Chronicle he felt good and was ready to play in games regularly.
Berkman's surgical cleanup of scar tissue in his right knee Thursday went well. The procedure was necessitated by a buildup of scar tissue that had developed since he had a torn ACL repaired late in 2004. The Astros' outfielder-first baseman should be ready to go very early in spring training. He has decided, however, to bypass the World Baseball Classic to allow his knee to heal.
Berkman is scheduled to undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to clean out some scar tissue that has developed since having his anterior cruciate ligament repaired in Nov. 2004. According to the Astros, the outfielder/first baseman will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, but he should be ready for the start of spring training, barring any setbacks.
Berkman ended a 20-game homerless streak on Monday that spanned 74 at-bats with his seventh inning solo shot against the Padres. He went 3-for-5 in the game and had two doubles in addition to his home run.
Berkman and Craig Biggio became the first players in Houston Astros history to homer back-to-back twice in the same game, accomplishing the feat in Monday's 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The outfielder, who now has 14 multihomer games in his major league career, extended his current hitting streak to nine games. Over that span, he is 16-for-36 (.444) with five doubles, five home runs and 10 RBI.
Berkman went 3-for-3 with a double and his second home run in as many days in Wednesday's 8-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, continuing his recent hot streak at the plate. Over his last four games, the Astros' outfielder is 10-for-16 (.625) with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and five runs scored.
As anticipated, Berkman has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Houston Astros in time for Friday's meeting with the Atlanta Braves. The outfielder, who has been sidelined since undergoing offseason surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, fills the roster spot of demoted second baseman Chris Burke.
Berkman normally will man one of the corner-outfield positions, but with Jeff Bagwell nursing a sore shoulder, he will get the starting nod at first base on Friday instead. In 160 games last season, Berkman batted .316 with 30 home runs, 106 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Berkman will return to the Houston Astros on Thursday to be re-evaluated after wrapping up a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock. If no problems are found with his surgically repaired right knee, the outfielder is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Friday's meeting with the Atlanta Braves, according to manager Phil Garner.
Berkman will reclaim a starting job in one of the Astros' corner-outfield spots, meaning Mike Lamb and/or Jason Lane could see a decrease in their playing time. In 160 games last season, Berkman batted .316 with 30 home runs, 106 RBI and nine stolen bases.
After being cleared by the team doctor, Berkman went on a minor league rehabilitation assignment Saturday at Triple-A Round Rock. The Astros' outfielder is scheduled to play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before being re-evaluated.
Berkman's recovery from offseason surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee continues to go well, and he should be activated from the disabled list within the next week or two. Over the past several days, the Astros' outfielder has been taking part in extended spring training games, and his next step will be a minor league rehab assignment.
Berkman is scheduled to workout with the Astros and be evaluated by the team's medical staff on Friday. If no problems are reported, he'll likely be sent to Triple-A Round Rock as early as Saturday to continue his rehab schedule. In 160 games last season, he batted .316 with 30 home runs, 106 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Berkman, who continues to recover from offseason surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, has been taking batting practice and running the bases the past couple of days. The Astros' outfielder is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment in the near future, and barring any setbacks, he should make his 2005 major league debut within the next 2-3 weeks.
The Astros will have to decide whether to bench Luke Scott, Willy Taveras or Jason Lane upon Berkman's return. In 160 games last season, he batted .316 with 30 home runs, 106 RBI and nine stolen bases.
The Houston Astros will not rush Berkman back into the lineup and plan to give him ample time to fully recover from offseason surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The outfielder is still at least a week away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment, so it is likely that he won't be activated from the 15-day disabled list until some time in May.
Berkman will be re-evaluated early next week to track his progress. In 160 games last season, he batted .316 with 30 home runs, 106 RBI and nine stolen bases.