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Lance Berkman homers, singles in rehab debut

Aug 11, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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There was talk last month about Lance Berkman retiring early due to lingering concerns about his hip and surgically-repaired right knee. But that turned out to be total nonsense and the veteran first baseman is now making strides toward a mid-August return.

According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Berkman hit a solo home run over the left-center field fence in his second at-bat and laced an RBI single in his third at-bat during his rehab debut Saturday with the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

He struck out in his only other trip to the plate.

Berkman hasn’t appeared in a game for the Rangers since July 6 and was batting just .254/.355/.377 in 68 games before going down. But the 37-year-old has a couple million reasons to keep working his way back.

Berkman signed a one-year, $11 million contract with Texas this winter with a $12 million option for 2014.

  1. beefytrout - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Rangers have a good lineup working these days… Berkman coming back is going to torpedo that.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    “Yawn!!” Retire already!!

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