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Berkman unsure of timetable for return

Berkman unsure of timetable for return

HOUSTON -- One day after having his knee drained for the fifth time and getting a cortisone shot, Astros first baseman Lance Berkman said Tuesday he wasn't sure when he would be able to return to the lineup. Berkman, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee March 13, is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.

"My wife asked me that today and I think she's tired of me moping around the house," Berkman said. "I have no idea [when I'll return]. I really wish I could tell you an accurate prediction of when I thought I would be ready to go. It isn't right this second, but I'm hopeful it will be soon."

The good news for Berkman was his left knee swelled only slightly Tuesday, enabling him to play light catch on the field.

"The last four times I had it done, it swelled right back up, but this time it stayed down a little bit and some of that has to do with the fact they included a cortisone injection with that and that keeps it from swelling," he said. "It feels better today than it has."

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