Berkman will go to Cincinnati, poised for return

ST. LOUIS - ( - Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman has successfully lobbied the team to skip a rehab assignment and prove that he can go straight from knee surgery to the major-league roster.

It just won't happen Friday.

Berkman will travel with the team tonight to Cincinnati and remain on the 15-day disabled list Friday as he proves to the team that he can regain his timing at the plate without at-bats in the minors. Berkman is coming back from May knee surgery.

Manager Mike Matheny said that it's likely Berkman will be activated during the six-game road trip that the Cardinals have to start the second half of the season.

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