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Remember Lance Berkman? He's just a power bat the St. Louis Cardinals have been missing. He's just one of the greatest switch-hitters in history. He's just a fringe Hall of Fame player possibly in the final year of career. And he's just a guy who has not been able to help the Cardinals for quite some time. That all could change if the Cardinals make the World Series.
According to B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest, Berkman is feeling much better. So much so that his season may not actually be over.
Berkman says he feels much better compared to two weeks ago. He's started light running. Thinks there's real chance he could be back for WS.
— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) October 16, 2012
Berkman missed most of the season thanks to a right knee that just can't seem to get right. He had surgery on the knee in May, then he battled inflammation. It all equated to 32 total games played for Berkman this season - the fewest of his career, but the second time in the past three seasons that he has failed to even play in 40 games.
If Berkman is able to return should the Cardinals reach the World Series, he brings more than his bat. He brings inspiration. He would give the team something to rally around. As if they needed that. But Berkman does have that bat. He is a career .296/.409/.544 hitter. He has 360 home runs in his career. And he has a .317 batting average in the postseason.
The Cardinals are hot, but so are the Giants. It's a toss up who wins the National League Championship Series, but if the Cardinals do advance and Lance Berkman returns, don't count them out for a repeat as world champions.
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