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Lance Berkman running at 50 percent, not ready for rehab

Aug 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

Lance Berkman AP

Lance Berkman is working his way back from a hip injury, but the Rangers designated hitter still has no timetable for beginning a minor-league rehab assignment a month after being placed on the disabled list.

Berkman told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram that he’s currently running at around 50 percent effectiveness, adding: “Not being 100 percent ready to go on a rehab assignment is not what I’d hoped, but it’s not entirely unexpected.”

Berkman didn’t show much power before the DL stint, but did get on base at a solid .355 clip with tons of walks and the Rangers could certainly use another potential impact bat in the lineup following the suspension of Nelson Cruz. In the meantime the Rangers have used five different designated hitters in the past five games.

  1. artisan3m - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    When you speak of “rotation” with the Rangers in mind, you might be talking about the DH slot. Seems to be working for them. I’m a bit surprised that thirteen steals in eighteen innings isn’t worthy of mention. Sure cuts down on the double plays that have plagued the Rangers all season.

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