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Cards optimistic about Berkman. He's not so sure.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Monday painted a rosy picture of Lance Berkman's medical picture, basically saying that the team was pleasantly surprised by the results of an MRI on the switch-hitting slugger's knee.

Mozeliak described the injury Berkman suffered Saturday as a tear of the miniscus in his right knee and said that the Big Puma could be back at first base for St. Louis in six to eight weeks.

But later Berkman said in an interview that he isn't convinced that there isn't damage to his anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. And if there is, he said it's likely that he's done for the year -- and possibly for his career.

Berkman will soon have surgery on the injured knee -- which he said has been giving him trouble as far back as the 2011 playoffs -- and it won't be until doctors cut him open that they know for sure what the situation is with his ACL.

He described his ACL as similar to a rope and said if the rope is frayed but strong enough to hold that he might be able to play on. But if it is stretched -- which he suspected it may be because of instability in the joint -- that there is no choice but to fix it.

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