Berkman to miss Tuesday workout with knee swelling

Astros first baseman Lance Berkman will miss Tuesday’s workout with swelling in his left knee. Berkman underwent at MRI on Monday in Kissimmee, Fla, and the Astros are sending the results to Houston so team medical director Dr. David Lintner can analyze them.

Berkman will get treatment on Tuesday and hopes to be ready for Thursday’s Grapefruit League opener. Berkman, who had surgery on his left knee in 1999, said the knee began swelling after he ran the bases during a drill on Sunday.

“Obviously, it’s concerning,” Berkman said. “Heck, the first day we run the bases in spikes and your knee swells up that’s never a good thing to have happen to you, but the doctors are hopeful it’s minor. Whatever it is, it’s minor. Even the worst-case scenario is minor so we’ll see how it goes.”

Berkman said he felt some discomfort in the knee, but it hadn’t swollen like it did in recent days.

“Anybody that’s ever played any length of time and gets over 30 you’re going to have some aches and pains, and every once in a while working out my knee doesn’t feel great but it never swelled,” Berkman said. “Everybody’s going to be like, ‘Why didn’t you get it taken care of in the offseason?’ But it was never a problem at all.

“It was never debilitating in any of the stuff I was doing this offseason. I felt a twinge once in  a while but my joints hurt from time to time all over the place. It’s something that’s not out of the ordinary but it was never swollen. This is the first time it has swollen up like that and that’s an indication it’s a little more than a standard ache or pain.”

Berkman doesn’t want to rush into action, but he’s eager to return to workouts.

“I want to get out there as quickly as I can,” he said. “I want to do everything I can possibly do. Everybody will say it’s a veteran move and I’ll miss a couple of days of Spring Trianing, but I don’t feel like that at all.

“I want to be out there and get ready to go. We need to get off to a good start this year and a big part of that is going to be me getting ready to go on Opening Day. I don’t want to miss any time, and I’m going to do whatever I can to get back out there.”


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