This is the sort of lingering junk that you hate to keep reading about.
Without Berkman (shudder), the Astros do have a pretty clear course. Give Carlos Lee a first baseman’s mitt and find someone who can play a plus left field. Then, the Astros have good or better defense at five positions — all three outfield slots, third base and shortstop. That ought to at least keep them in games and help the pitching staff.
from chron.com Sports
Astros first baseman Lance Berkman will skip the Astros’ trip to play the Blue Jays Friday and will have his left knee examined by the team physician.