MILWAUKEE Lance Berkman figured skipping a rehab assignment might cause him to not see the ball well or feel uncomfortable in the box his first few games back.
He didnt expect to not have any bat speed.
The Cardinals wanted the veteran to play a few minor league games after missing nearly two months due to knee surgery, but Berkman declined and said he felt good enough to work himself back into playing shape at the big league level.
But hes 0-for-9 with four strikeouts since returning on Saturday. He flew out to the edge of the warning track in left field with the bases loaded and the tying run at third base to end Wednesdays game.
Its funny because I feel great in terms of the way Im seeing the ball, Berkman said. Im not really swinging at a lot of bad pitches. I feel like Im seeing the ball great. I feel like my timing is good.
Whats lacking is the bat speed. I just dont have any bat speed right now. That ball I hit in the ninth, thats a grand slam. I mean that ball is hit ...