Lance isn't going to rush back from this Grade 2 strain of his calf:
"If this is the playoffs or the World Series, which, given the opponent and our standings, I feel like it's kind of a playoff-type game, I would certainly be in there.
The reality is this is July, and there's a possibility that he could aggravate it and be out for an extended period of time. So if the choice is take a couple more days and let him get back to 100 percent, then that would be the appropriate thing to do.”
Zachary Levine is quick to point out that Berkman's calf strain isn't as bad as Valverde's was, where it cost him 41 games. Berkman is expected to be out 2-3 more games, but available in a pinch-hit role.