Lance Berkman is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee Saturday and while his projected recovery time is said to be only two weeks, a month or longer is more likely; ruining any fantasy value for the 34 year old.
Berkman is a very high mileage player, and this isn’t the first time he has had problems with that particular knee, so as you trudge forward it would be wise to steer clear of Berkman for the remainder.
2009 saw a serious decline in his production, and the Astros rely heavily on Berkman to keep them in games, so this development doesn’t just affect the hitter’s value, but also the value of the Astros’ pitchers.
Without their biggest bat, it will be even more difficult to secure wins, and although the strikes will still be there, the win category could be MIA in the Houston bullpen this year; especially in the early goings.
Berkman’s batted .274/.399/.509 with a OPS of .907 while hitting 25 HRs, 80 RBIs, 31 DBLs, and 7 SB.