From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Rick Hummel:

“Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season because of inflammation in his right knee. Berkman who had knee surgery in late May, barely could get out of the batter’s box in his last at-bat on Thursday in Denver.


Berkman, who earlier was on the DL for a hamstring injury and the knee injury that required surgery, will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Shane Robinson, who has been with the big league club most of the season and was recalled from Class AAA Memphis. Robinson will be in center field tonight here against Milwaukee.”

Thankfully, in other news, X-rays found no break on Yadier Molina’s right thumb which kept him out of the lineup on Thursday night. Molina is exepected to play on Friday night. Lastly, Rafael Furcal is returning to the lineup after missing five games because of lower back stiffness.

What tough season this has been for Berkman. While he has not been nearly as productive as he was in 2011, he is without a doubt still a huge threat in the lineup to any opposing pitcher in the league. Though Berkman says he plans on playing again this season, it is getting harder and harder to imagine a scenario in which he will really be able to help this ball club play October baseball again.