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Cardinals Put Berkman on DL

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Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 7, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 7, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) — The Cardinals will put first baseman Lance Berkman on the disabled list following their series finale with the Cincinnati Reds. IF/OF Skip Schumaker, who is on rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Memphis, will take the roster when he joins the club in Pittsburgh this evening before the Redbirds begin a three-game series with the Pirates.

Berkman re-aggravated the left calf strain on Wednesday night, and was taken out of the game in the fifth inning.  Tests on Thursday did determine that Berkman needs to go on the disabled list.

Planning to be the usual clean-up hitter for a potent Redbird’s lineup that has scored a MLB-best 70 runs through 12 games, Berkman’s already been out for 4 games since the injury first took place by running out a triple in Cincinnati on April 10.

Berkman has been hitting .348 with 6 runs scored and 2 RBI’s in 7 games played.  His replacement, Matt Carpenter, has quickly become a fan favorite among Cardinal Nation hitting .375 with 1 HR and 11 RBI’s in 10 games played including a 4-4 performance plus a game-winning sacrifice fly.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are set to place first baseman Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf injury he aggravated chasing a popup.

General manager John Mozeliak said the team would activate utilityman Skip Schumaker from the DL in time for Friday night’s game at Pittsburgh. Schumaker was on a rehab stint with Triple-A Memphis and played center field Wednesday night, going 2 for 4.

Berkman said he took a bad step going after a popup, aggravating an injury that sidelined him last weekend. Rather than battle through the injury, the club felt it best that Berkman take enough time to recover.

Before the Cardinals played the Reds on Thursday, manager Mike Matheny said Berkman was day-to-day with no change in his condition from the previous night. But Berkman thought after Wednesday night’s game that he’d need some time.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be one of those that you can really push through,” Berkman said. “It’s certainly frustrating. I don’t like missing time, I like being in there, being productive.”

The 36-year-old Berkman was batting .348 with two RBIs in seven games. He was not in the lineup Thursday against the Reds.

“I certainly thought it was manageable and it wasn’t prohibitive,” Berkman said. “I took a bad step on that popup and it really kind of aggravated it pretty good.”

Rookie Matt Carpenter, who made the club because of Schumaker’s injury, has started the other six games at first base. He entered the day batting .375 with one homer and was among the league leaders with 11 RBIs.

Schumaker batted .283 last year in 367 at-bats with two homers and 38 RBIs as the primary second baseman. Before he was injured in spring training, the team had envisioned him as a super utilityman who could also start at all three outfield spots.

Copyright Associated Press

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