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Berkman likely out for Cubs series

It appears, according to reports Thursday, that Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman is likely to miss the Birds' home opening series against the Cubs.

Berkman, who previously had a problem with a finger that affected his swing, now has a strained leg muscle suffered during his ill-advised triple in the middle game at Cincinnati.

I'm all for hustle. And a triple is the most exciting play in baseball. But Berkman really took a chance on the play and was fortunate not to be thrown out. Hitting with no one out, I would have preferred to see him play it safe and stay at second. Of course no one knew the next hitter was going to smack a homer and make the play completely unnecessary. But he still would have been in scoring position with three chances to score.

And that's why hindsight is 20-20.

But the Cardinals sure can't afford to be without Berkman for long. While this offense is more balanced than it has been in years past, he's still the biggest power threat in the line-up. So he's sort of the straw that stirs the drink. I sure hope this injury doesn't become a chronic problem.

The Cardinals are already playing with a weak bench thanks to the fact that Allen Craig is on the disabled list following his off-season knee surgery. And he would have been the most likely guy to take over at first base if he was healthy.

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