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MLB: Cardinals Berkman out for two months

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced first baseman Lance Berkman will miss eight to 10 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery Friday.

The team said in a statement said the doctors "found a partial tear in the medial meniscus, which was removed, and a ... cartilage tear, which was debrided."

However, the team did not say if there was damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, an injury which had Berkman worried, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The surgery was in Houston, where he will go through his rehabilitation, the team said. He will return to St. Louis near the end of his rehab.

--Curt Schilling's video-game company, 38 Studios, reportedly laid off its entire staff in Rhode Island and Maryland.

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher was unavailable for comment after more than 400 full-time employees were laid off, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

The six-year-old company had received a $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island after moving to Providence in April 2011. It released its first game in February, "Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning."

"I'm stunned, and I'm heartbroken," said R.A. Salvatore, a consultant whose son worked at the company. "This is one of the best teams I've ever seen assembled. They were doing amazing work."

The company missed a $1.1 million payment that was due May 1, the Globe reported. It did not inform the Rhode Island governor's office about the layoffs. Schilling has said he put $30 million of his own money into the company.

--The Cleveland Indians have recalled infielder Juan Diaz from Class AA Akron and optioned right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister to Class AAA Columbus, the Indians announced Friday.

The switch-hitting Diaz has batted .232 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 34 games at Akron. He was acquired two years ago in the trade that sent Russell Branyan to the Seattle Mariners.

McAllister was 4-4 with an ERA of 3.96 with the Indians, splitting time as a starter and long reliever.

Also, the team announced right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin will come off the 15-day disabled list and will start Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

--The Baltimore Orioles reportedly are near a team-record deal with center fielder Adam Jones.

The Orioles will sign Jones to a deal much higher than those given to Miguel Tejada and Nick Markakis, a source close to the team told Fox Sports.

Tejada, who has signed resigned with the team, signed a six-year, $72 million contract in 2004 and Markakis signed a six-year, $66.1 million deal in 2009.

The Orioles (28-17) are trying to take advantage of their best start in more than a decade as they try to break a string of 14 consecutive losing seasons. Jones, 26, is among the American League leaders, hitting .311 with 14 home runs and 29 RBI.

Also a stellar defensive player, Jones, 26, is eligible for free agency after next season.

--The Baltimore Orioles announced that they recalled right-hander Stu Pomeranz and catcher Ronny Paulino from Class AAA Norfolk, optioned catcher Luis Exposito to Norfolk and designated infielder/outfielder Bill Hall for assignment.

Pomeranz has not allowed an earned run in 10 appearances this season in the minors, combining 23 1/3 innings between Norfolk and Class AA Bowie.

Paulino hit .283 in 12 games for Norfolk after getting sent down on May 7. He hit .300 with three RBI in nine games for the Orioles earlier this season.

Exposito hit just .059 in eight games with the Orioles after being recalled from the Tides on May 4.

Hall went batted .286 in just seven at-bats for Baltimore.

--The Colorado Rockies announced on Friday that they placed catcher Ramon Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand strain.

Hernandez, 36, is batting .215 four home runs and 15 RBI in 27 games.

The Rockies called up catcher Wil Nieves from Class AAA Colorado Springs and transferred infielder Hector Gomez (groin strain) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Nieves, 34, is batting .299 with three homers and 14 RBI in 28 games.

--Relief pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo, who went by the name Leo Nunez, said he is returning to the Miami Marlins next week.

Oviedo said he will have to serve a suspension after he was caught using a fake identification to play professionally. Oviedo is from the Dominican Republic.

He saved 92 games for the Marlins from 2009-2011 and has played seven major league seasons in all.

The Miami Herald reported that Oviedo told Listin Diario newspaper that his visa problems have been resolved and he can return to the U.S. He will report to the club's spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday.

"I'm very happy to get the U.S. visa this morning," Oviedo told the newspaper on Friday. "I decided to leave on Monday to be in Jupiter because I wish to be with my mother on Mother's Day."

Sunday is Mother's Day in the Dominican Republic.

Oviedo has a one-year, $6 million deal with the Marlins.

Current Marlins closer Heath Bell has struggled with a 7.16 ERA this year.
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