Newly acquired outfielder Lance Berkman did not throw on Friday, did not play in the scrimmage on Saturday and never really let loose with throwing the ball during Sunday’s scrimmage as he deals with early season elbow soreness. Manager Tony LaRussa does not expect Berkman to miss today’s Grapefruit League opener against Florida.
Berkman has worked with a personal trainer this off season and lost 20 pounds as he looks to make the move from first base and head back to the outfield, where he is projected as the Cardinals’ starting right fielder.
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He said up to this point there really isn’t a need for him to air out any throws and feels he has plenty of time to get his arm in baseball shape. He was putting in extra strength training this winter and that could have attributed to his sore elbow.