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Lance Berkman waiting until September to rejoin Rangers

Aug 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Lance Berkman has been on the disabled list since July 7 with hip and knee problems, but the veteran designated hitter said yesterday that he’ll wait until at least September 1 to be activated by Texas.

Berkman explained to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that waiting until rosters expand will make things easier on the Rangers, who otherwise would have to drop someone from the roster to make room for him.

Sullivan also notes that Berkman “would likely come back in a limited role, either as a part-time designated hitter or a pinch-hitter off the bench.” He feels good enough to come off the disabled list now, but is far from 100 percent healthy because his right knee “is not great, but it’s not going to be.”

Berkman didn’t show much power before going on the DL, but did draw a ton of walks and get on base at a solid .355 clip in 68 games.

  1. ahenobarbuso - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I think he is just waiting to see if the Rangers have any chance of making the playoffs — almost like he doesn’t want to waste his effort if he doesn’t have a shot at playing in another World Series. A month or so ago when the Rangers were doing poorly he was talking about retiring and being done for the season and now when the Rangers are showing a glimpse of hope of reaching the playoffs he magically rehabs…

    I also don’t think he would be that productive even if he was reactivated. The Rangers have good chemistry working right now with their game built mostly around small-ball and speed and Berkman would sort of be a detriment to that.

    • poolboy87 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Not really sure that this is entirely his decision. Actually, I highly highly doubt that the Rangers are pleading for him to come back and he’s holding them off until he can know for sure that a team that’s 1.5 games ahead in their division and 5 games ahead of the second wildcard is in a good position to make the playoffs.

      I doubt the Rangers think that he would be that productive even if reactivated. I’m sure they have no interest in replacing a current player on the roster with a guy that can’t run and won’t hit for power.

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