Berkman sits but not worried about knee bruise

Berkman sits but not worried about knee bruise

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Berkman could barley run to from first to second base on Tuesday night after taking an 84 mph slider from Clayton Kershaw off his right knee -- the same knee Berkman had surgery on two months ago.

Berkman was out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers and said he's still feeling pain from the deep bone bruise that forced him to leave Tuesday's game in the third inning.

Berkman had not met with team trainers when he addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon and wasn't sure if he'd be deemed available to play Wednesday. However, Berkman doesn't expect the bruise to have any lasting effects once the swelling subsides.

"It's a bruise y'all. Y'all have had bruises," Berkman said. "It's not like it's a major deal."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shared in Berkman's optimism, and wanted to wait until Berkman received treatment on his knee to make a decision on the first baseman's availability.

"He'll be fine," Matheny said. "It just hit a bad spot."