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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — First baseman Lance Berkman underwent successful surgery Saturday to remove cartilage debris in his left knee, the Astros announced.
Dr. David Crumbie, who performed the arthroscopic procedure at the Florida Hospital in Kissimmee, found no ligament or meniscus damage.
"The level of concern has gone way down because of that," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "I have all the confidence in the world that he's going to be fine."
The Astros may hold Lance Berkman (knee) back until the club returns from an upcoming six-game road trip. The stretch of away games begins Monday in St. Louis, then will carry on to Wrigley Field. The Astros are hoping Berkman will be ready to go once the 'Stros arrive back in Houston. "He's not where he needs to be for us to see him back on the near horizon," Wade said. "We've talked about the possibility of leaving him back here instead of running him on airplanes and a small clubhouse in Chicago. That's a possibility."
Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle has confirmed that Lance Berkman (knee) will be in the Astros' starting lineup Tuesday.
Berkman homered and hit two doubles in his final rehab game at Triple-A Round Rock and is ready to help dig the Astros out of the National League Central cellar. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early March and has not yet played in a major league game this season. The 'Stros will announce a corresponding demotion when they officially activate him late Tuesday afternoon. Chris Johnson, 5-for-22, could be sent down.
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