ST. LOUIS -- Could Lance Berkman finish his career in Houston?
The Big Puma has heard suggestions he could wind up back with the Astros next season to serve as their designated hitter in their first year in the American League, a notion jokingly first brought up by general manager Jeff Luhnow at the Houston Baseball Dinner last winter.
Berkman, in the final year of his contract with the Cardinals, has been limited to 31 games because of knee surgeries, but returning to the Astros isn't on his mind right now.
"Obviously that's been talked about," he said. "I'm not ruling anything out, but by the same token, as I sit today, it's not something that I'm super interested in."
Berkman had surgery on Sept. 11 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, a knee that was operated on in May. He told reporters on Wednesday there's a chance he could return to action this year, but he's not sure yet whether he's going to play beyond that.
"You can speculate, but I'm holding off until I get to the point in the offseason where I see what kind of interest there is," he said. "I think there's a lot of factors involved. The main thing is just what this feels like after it calms down from the surgery. We'll go from there."