St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman was diagnosed with a significant meniscus tear in his right knee along with some torn cartilage. However, there may be more bad news to follow later this week on Berkman’s condition. For the time being, no ACL (anterior cruciate ligament )damage has been found.
Later this week , Berkman will travel to Vail, Colorado for more extensive testing on his ACL. For his part, Berkman is expecting the worst. Berkman will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair damage to his torn meniscus.
During that procedure will be determined whether or not his ACL is damaged.
If there is no damage to the ACL his recovery is expected to sideline him for 6 to 8 weeks. Damage to his ACL will keep him out of action for the rest of the 2012 season.
Berkman has indicated that a severe ACL injury would jeopardize not only this season but perhaps his career.
Berkman said, “You certainly think about, if I have to get my ACL repaired, I might be done playing. It’s a tough deal. It’s a very significant injury and it’s tough to come back from it. Not that it’s impossible, but it is tough.