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Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 5: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a single against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium on September 5, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 5: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a single against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium on September 5, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman is set to undergo what will be season-ending knee surgery today, reports B.J. Rains of FoxSportsMidWest.com:

Berkman was sent home yesterday to have his ailing knee re-examined. While Berkman and the Cardinals were hoping to avoid it, one of the possibilities was having the 36-year-old shut down for the remainder of the season.

After receiving the results of Berkman’s examination, manager Mike Matheny told reporters that the veteran was indeed finished for the season, as he required another knee surgery.

Berkman has been sidelined for several significant stretches this season, as he’s only compiled eighty at-bats for the Cardinals in 2012. When he has played he’s been productive, batting .263/.385/.450 with seven doubles and two home runs.

Throughout the year Berkman has indicated that this could be the final season of his career. He has yet to release a statement, but there’s certainly a possibility that we’ve seen the last of the six-time All-Star.