I had finally learned today that Lance Berkman will be out for six to eight weeks due to a severely torn meniscus and torn cartilage in his right knee. It is expected that Lance will have surgery soon. At least we do know that it is not a season ending injury. Monday’s examination found damaged cartilage as well as meniscus shredded on both the inside and outside of Berkman’s knee. Berkman has already underwent an ACL repair on the knee in 2006 and was aware of a sliding sensation within the joint well before it gave out during Saturday’s second inning. He also acknowledged discovery of torn meniscus during a February team physical. Currently if there is any procedure involving the ACL will mean his loss for the rest of the season, in which Lance wants to avoid. I wish the best for Lance and I hope for a fast recovery.
source Joe Strauss
After coming off the disable list Lance Berkman finds himself back on it once again. Last night during the game against the Dodgers, Lance stretched out to catch the ball from Furcal and hurt his right knee. The team then jumped into action and purchased the contract of Matt Adams from their Memphis team. Adams has been hitting .340 with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs. John Mozeliak the General Manager of the Cardinals had mentioned before that Matt Adams has been ready to come up for a while now. So if Matt is brought up now he will be expected to play all the time, no sitting for him.
Here is a little information on Matt Adams. Matt was drafted by the Cardinals in the 23rd round in 2009. He hails out of Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania. Matt is a left handed hitter. he also weighs in at 230 and stands in at 6’3. He also attended Slippery Rock University. He set the school record for doubles (24) in his freshman season…was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West’s Rookie of the Year in 2007. He currently resides in his hometown of Phillipsburg. With much speculation of getting to wear #5 the team assigned him # 53. I am really looking forward to seeing him with the Cardinals this year. Matt is fun to watch due to his pure power. I speculate once Adams settles as our everyday first baseman, Pujols will be a ghost of the past.
Source: Bernie Miklasz and MLB
It was just announced that Angels Manager Jerry Dipoto addressed the media that the clubs batting coach Mickey Hatcher has been fired. Dipoto also added that it was time for a new blood since the team is struggling offensively. Hatcher will be replaced by Jim Eppely the triple A hitting coach. Word has it that Mike Sciocia was not present during Dipoto’s announcement. Hatcher and Sciocia has been life long friends. I imagine that this must be hard for Mike to accept. Mickey has been the Angel’s batting coach for 13 years. I wonder if this is also connected to the problems Hatcher has been having personal problems with the struggling Albert Pujols. I have a hard time believing that Hatcher has something to do with Pujol’s .197 batting average. Albert only has 1 HR and 12 RBI’s. On the other hand the Angels other first baseman Mark Trumbo has 6 HRs 16 RBIs with a .330 batting average. Something smells fishy to me. I hate to see Hatcher go.
Just learned that Carlos Beltran was named NL league player of the week. He had such a hot streak of hitting. For the last week he had hit 6 home runs, 13 rbi’s and a slugging percentage of 1.200. Congrats to Carlos! The Cards are giving him a night off tonight with Allen Craig playing right field.
Today the Cardinals had brought up Eduardo Sanchez from their AAA team Memphis to try and improve their bullpen. To make room the Cardinals released J C Romero. J C has been struggling a lot in the past week.
I am sad to report that Stan Musial’s wife Lil had passed away tonight at the age of 91. Lillian “Lil” Musial was very active in the community. From her selfless work in organizing the Cardinals Pinch Hitters group to her more recent efforts to help homeless, runaway girls with the Covenant House, Lil was always helping others. Lil first met Stan after her father took her to see the Donora Zincs play in 1934. The 15-year old Musial was pitching for the semi-pro baseball team at the time. Stan and Lil became high school sweethearts. They married in May of 1940. Lil leaves behind her children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, and their eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She was such a huge part of Stan’s life as supportive wife and a big part of the Cardinal Family. God Bless the Musial Family, she will surely be missed.
Just when we may never see much of Tony LaRussa again, he pops up again. Recently Tony has been seen hunting down ex-Cardinal players from the 2011 World Series Champion Team to hand them their World Series ring. Today it has been announced that the St.Louis Cardinals will retire his jersey number , #10. Tony will definitely be voted in the Hall of Fame when he is eligible. During his sixteen year career with the St.Louis Cardinals he has amass 1408 wins and 1182 losses. He has three pennants and two world series with the Cardinals. These are definitely good numbers for a Hall of Famer.
I am happy for Tony but I keep thinking about Willie McGee.What about Willie’s number 51? Willie has spent about 13 years with the Cardinals. Willie has earned four appearances in All-Star Games and achieved a vote as an MVP in 1985. He also received three gold gloves in 1983-1985 and 1986. McGee also got the Silver Slugger Award in 1985. Willie McGee was a huge fan favorite despite his unorthodox swing. It wasn’t until 1990 that Cardinal Nation got hit by a huge surprise, “Willie McGee traded to the Oakland A’s for Daryl Green, Felix Jose and Stan Royer!” I was shocked by this trade, why would the GM trade such a popular Cardinal player? Willie defined how a Cardinal should play. He sacrificed himself to win a game. He was the heart beat of this team. Then in 1996 Walt Jocketty signed him as a free agent and he was finally back home. So if LaRussa’s number 10 will be retired then it is time for 51 to be placed right by Ozzie Smith’s # 1, it is the right thing to do.
The Cardinals might be taking Allen Craig off the disable list on Tuesday May 1. I am excited about having him back. The Cardinals are currently 14-8 and in first place. With having Craig back, we will have that right handed bat off the bench. Craig would fill in at first base right away.
Others on the disable list includes Scott Linebrink, Chris Carpenter, and Lance Berkman. All three players are on the fifteen day disable list.
I wonder who the Cardinals will send down when Craig is added, Matt Carpenter?