SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Lance Berkman knows he's being watched with some trepidation while going through spring training with the Texas Rangers.
"Kind of a house of cards deal with me," he said Wednesday.
After all, he is 37 years old with a gray-speckled beard and coming off a season when he played only 32 games with St. Louis because of two operations on his right knee and a left calf strain. He thought about retiring before accepting an 11 million, one-year deal from Texas to be primarily a designated hitter.
Now, a week into spring training, Berkman has a mild strain in his right calf.
He said it's nothing to worry about.
"It's no big deal. I think it's a result of more volume than I've done," Berkman said. "We're taking groundballs, we're running, I haven't been doing that stuff. I've been lifting, and more in a rehab mode, and now I've kind of shifted into the baseball mode and it's not something that to me is that concerning. It's just one of the things that happens to y...