The good news, if it counts as that, is that Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman doesn't have a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

But it may be badly stretched, which would lead to the same outcome as a tear.

The Cardinals announced Monday afternoon that Berkman suffers from severely torn meniscus and torn cartilage in his right knee. Berkman is scheduled for surgery no later than this Friday in Vail, CO. Berkman, 36, estimated he would be sidelined at least through the All-Star break while refusing to rule out the possibility of a season-ending replacement of the ligament.

Shortly after general manager John Mozeliak voiced cautious optimism that a Monday afternoon magnetic resonance imaging failed to discover a torn ligament, Berkman appeared on crutches in the Cardinal clubhouse to say he still believes it very possible that the ligament is badly compromised.