The Houston Astros have problems with a Puma in Kissimmee.
With a thin lineup, the 2010 Houston Astros have little room for error. They received their first blow of the spring when slugging first baseman Lance Berkman came down with a sore and swollen left knee. “Big Puma” or “Fat Elvis” if you prefer, was held out of workouts and sent off for an MRI. No results have been released yet but officials are downplaying concern despite Berkman's admission the knee bothered him at times during the off-season.
Last season, the now-34-year-old dealt with back and hip ailments and especially a lingering calf problem. Berkman answered the bell in just 136 games in 2009 and his RBI total of 80 was his lowest since his rookie season nine years prior. He had left knee surgery in 1999 and ACL surgery on his right knee in 2004.
Even if his knee is proclaimed to be OK, Berkman should be avoided. Someone in your league will likely be drafting the 136-RBI player Berkman used to be. Don’t let that be you.