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Hip injury sends Lance Berkman to the disabled list

Jul 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Lance Berkman AP

Lance Berkman managed to stay off the disabled list despite injuring his knee last week, but the 37-year-old designated hitter tweaked his hip running to first base Saturday and the Rangers placed him on the shelf.

Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated that the combination of injuries gave Berkman little chance to be productive, so the team is hoping the time off is better than “putting a band aid on this and putting a band aid on that.”

Berkman got off to a strong start after signing a one-year, $11 million deal with the Rangers, but has hit just .176 in 20 games since June 1 while also taking quite a bit of time off.

And now the Rangers have Manny Ramirez playing at Triple-A as a potential designated hitter alternative.

  1. beefytrout - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Gives Wash a chance to give guys a “day off” without giving them a full day off. Expect to see a rotation of about 4 or 5 dudes in the DH slot.

  2. stex52 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I root for Berkman to do well wherever he is. I had high hopes he could keep the legs going this year and push a little bit toward that elusive HOF target. But it appears it is not to be. I hope he can come back, but it must be getting harder and harder.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    11 mil for this guy? wow

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