Though Lance Berkman wasn’t able to return from his knee injury in time to be included on the St. Louis Cardinals’ National League
Division Series roster, the veteran did offer words of encouragement to his
team as they take on the Washington Nationals.
"I just feel like, a lot
of times, these games are about attitude, about the way you carry yourself.”
Berkman said. “And I thought it was just important for us to remember that we
ARE the defending World Series champions. We're the team to beat. All these
other teams, they're trying to knock us off. But we're the champs. So take that
mentality on the field with us."
While it’s unclear if Berkman will be eligible to rejoin the
Cardinals at all this postseason, right-hander Jake Westbrook is attempting to
make a case of a National League Championship Series roster spot should the
Westbrook threw 35 pitches during a morning bullpen session
yesterday, saying after that “all went well,” according to Jenifer Langosch of
MLB.com. The 35-year-old, who is recovering from an oblique injury, will
continue attempting to build himself up to the point where he’ll be considered
for a spot in St. Louis’ bullpen later this postseason.