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Berkman struggles to .111 batting average in rehab

Things aren't going well for Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman as he attempts to come back from a string of knee problems.

Berkman was hitless in four at bats Monday night for Class AAA Memphis to drop his batting average to .111 in three games played. He stranded four runners on base in the contest.

Unfortunately, his situation seems similar to his 2010 season with Houston when Berkman's knees prevented him from having a solid base beneath him at the plate. It sapped his power and left the now 36-year-old hitter vulnerable at the dish.

I hope things suddenly turn around because the Cardinals could use a good bat off the bench -- especially when rosters expand to 40 players on Sunday. With Matt Adams out for the season following elbow surgery and Oscar Tavares unlikely to be called up all the way from Class AA Springfield, the Redbirds don't really have another threatening bat to turn to in the minor leagues.

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