St. Louis Cardinals’ Lance Berkman sits out with a calf injury

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman left Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds after injuring his left calf.

Berkman was running out a triple he hit in the sixth inning when he began to feel some tightness. He batted again in the eighth, and removed himself from the game after hitting a single, feeling that he was not capable to run the bases.

On Wednesday, Berkman was left out of the line-up against the Reds.

“I told him on the elevator last night that I didn’t care if he woke up feeling like he had someone else’s calf, he wasn’t playing today,” manager Mike Matheny said.

Berkman had been playing yesterday with an injury to his hand, after he hurt it during an awkward swing . He sat out Sunday’s game and barely got himself into Monday night’s starting line-up, after he was originally not set to play.

Berkman will wait to see how his leg responds on Thursday which is an off-day for the Redbirds.  He describes his leg as being “tender.”

Berkman is currently batting .375 this season in 16 at-bats.

The Cardinals lost Wednesday’s match up against the Reds 4-3. Also sitting out was David Freese, as Matheny felt he needed a day off . The World Series MVP is batting .444 with three home runs, 10 hits and 12 RBIs in just 6 games.

The Cardinals’ next game will be their home opener on Friday at 3:15 ET against the Chicago Cubs.

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