DENVER -- An already forgettable night turned even more so in the final minutes of Thursday's 8-2 loss in Colorado, as Lance Berkman limped off the field after grounding out in the final at-bat of an 0-for-4 night.
His right knee, which was surgically repaired just over two months ago, had given out on him.
The Cardinals did not have a more specific diagnosis on Thursday, though more will be known after Berkman visits with Dr. George Paletta when the team returns to St. Louis on Friday. Berkman had the knee heavily wrapped with ice after the game.
"It's just not a perfect knee," he said. "I've been scanned, zapped more than most players, probably, in that particular part of the body. I'll let the doctor look at it and see what he thinks."
Thursday marked just the ninth start Berkman has made since returning from a procedure that addressed a torn meniscus and other loose cartilage in his right knee. And while the discomfort was somewhat severe on Thursday, this was not the first night it has been sore.
"Life with a balky knee is just some days it feels OK, some days it doesn't," Berkman said. "There's certainly times on this road trip when I haven't felt great. There's been times where I've felt pretty good. It's just hit or miss."
Berkman finished the road trip 2-for-11 and is batting just .182 since returning from the disabled list in the team's first series out of the All-Star break. If Berkman is forced onto the DL again, Allen Craig would get the bulk of playing time at first base.