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Berkman out... Again

Adding to my nagging sense of doom, the Cardinals have announced this morning that would be outfielder Lance Berkman won't play again today.

Allegedly still out because of a mild calf strain, Berkman is also suffering from a much more concerning elbow issue that has prevented him from making throws from the outfield. It's not a good sign that an aging player with a history of health issues has only been able to play in half of one of the Cardinals' five spring training games thus far.

It seems like $8 million is an awful lot to pay for a pinch hitter. Especially when that pinch hitter can'r run...

Meanwhile, embattled Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse will make his first start of the spring today against the Astros.

Lohse has been impressive pitching to live hitters in drills so far this spring. But we all know there's a huge difference between pitching in practice and pitching in a game...

Besides keeping everyone else healthy, getting Lohse back to his 2008 form is the most important goal for the rest of 2011 Camp Cardinal. That's the only chance the Birds have to do a decent job of filling the hole in their pitching rotation left when Adam Wainwright went down for the season with an elbow injury.