ST. LOUIS Despite an MRI Monday that revealed no structural damage to Lance Berkman's right ACL, the Cardinals first baseman fears he will wake up from surgery Friday to find out it was replaced.
Monday's exam revealed a torn meniscus and cartilage damage in his right knee, which will likely be repaired Friday at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. But doctors will also examine Berkman's ACL further and the possibility remains that it could end up being replaced during the same surgery.
Based on how it feels now, Berkman is preparing for the worst.
"All of the information that I'm getting plus what I'm feeling leads me to believe that there is an issue with the ACL," Berkman said Monday. "I'm hoping that's not the case but I'm not sure that's the case.
"It's not gone but it's effectiveness is debatable considering the way I got hurt. They wont know about that until I go under the knife."
Berkman went down Saturday while reaching for a throw while covering first base. He lea...