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Lance Berkman goes back to DL

The Cardinals have placed first baseman Lance Berkman on the disabled list because of new problems with his surgically repaired knee.

This is the third stint on the DL for Berkman this season. According to the team he has swelling and inflamation in his knee. No timetable was given for his return.

Berkman seems to have been slow to recover from being hit by a pitch on his surgically repaired knee July 24 by Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. He's been awfully slow on the bases since then. On Thursday Berkman killed a potentially big inning when he weakly grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and two outs, jogging down the first base line after making contact.

Hopefully a couple of weeks of rest will calm things down and let Berkman come back with a more solid base from which to hit.

Outfielder Shane Robinson has been recalled to replace Berkman on the active roster. Robinson hit .256 in 64 games for the Cardianals earlier this year before being shipped out when some of the team's injured stars started to return from their maladies.

Robinson was batting .300 for the Class AAA Memphis squad over 18 games. He's collected two or more hits in five of his last 10 games with the top Cardinals farm team.