Berkman set to have arthroscopic knee surgery

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros outfielder Lance Berkman will have arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday.

The procedure is to clean up minor scar tissue that developed in his right knee after surgery in November 2004, Astros general manager Tim Purpura said Monday. The first surgery came when Berkman tore the anterior cruciate ligament while playing flag football.

Dr. David Lintner, the team medical director, will perform the surgery in Houston and Berkman should be healthy in time for the start of spring training in late February.

Berkman, 29, hit .293 with 24 home runs and 82 RBI for the NL champion Astros in 2005. He is .302 with 180 home runs and 617 RBI
in his career. He batted .333 with two home runs and 14 RBI in the 2005 postseason.