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Postby nsulham » Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:56 am

From Rotoworld:

After initially planning to send him on a rehab assignment, the Astros may activate Lance Berkman (knee) by this weekend.
Berkman's batting practice session yesterday must have been pretty impressive, because the Astros changed their tune 180 degrees. Houston plays the Cardinals this weekend. ''We'll see how he feels and the likely course is that he'll come with the club to St. Louis,'' general manager Tim Purpura said.


As a Berkman owner I wasn't expecting him to come back this quickly. With Nomar going down I could use the good news though :-)
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:00 am

I actually saw some of the swing he took during BP on ESPN. He looked pretty good but I can't believe they are thinking about bringing him back this weekend.
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Postby Dawgpound 1613 » Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:04 am

I agree - the swings looked OK by me, but I'm not someone who can tell anything from BP. That said, interesting how he hated his swing the other day to possibly coming back this weekend. Even if he does, I'm not sure I'll activate him the first week - there's bound to be some rest and days off that first week.
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:23 am

I just read an article that was 6 hours old saying:

if all is well, the outfielder could go out on a Minor League rehab assignment early next week. In the meantime, Berkman will travel with the team to St. Louis this weekend and continue to work out with the club's athletic trainers. There is a slim chance Berkman could start a rehab assigment during the Cardinals series, but Purpura said it's not likely ... "as his comfort level with swinging, running, taking fly balls continues to grow, then we'll start looking at trying to send him out on a rehab assignment"


So they JUST said last night that he might start a rehab assignment next week. How that gets changed to possibly playing in the Cardinals series is kinda weird.
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Postby bselig » Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:26 am

i'm assuming that physically there isn't much of a difference between minor league games and major league games; maybe the astros are just acknowledging that the batting from much of their of is pathetic and believe a rusty berkman is a better option than the likes of taveras and scott
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Postby AI8818 » Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:39 am

I sure hope he doesn't rush it. Take your time Lance, just take your time. :-b
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Postby BronXBombers51 » Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:19 pm

While I could definately use some good news after hearing about Nomar last night, I don't need him to rush it and get hurt even worse...
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Postby TheYanks04 » Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:24 pm

Not to mention coming back and stinking it up for a week or so due to rust helps no one out. I can't see how a guy who has not swung against live pitching in a real game since October of 04 should not at a min spend a few days on a rehab assignment. I could see if this was the heat of a pennant race in August, but it is April.
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Postby reznorsboy » Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:34 pm

I thought a few weeks ago they where saying that his swing was fine it was just his base running and fielding that would take time??
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Postby jjaeger » Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:40 pm

No rush, but it would be swell to be able to have an OF that isn't sucking it up right now (I AM LOOKING AT YOU, VERNON, J.D. AND PRESTON).

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