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At one point it appeared Lance Berkman might not be
rejoining the Texas Rangers at all this season, as there were reports that he was considering calling it a career. Speaking with reporters – including Master Tesfatsion of MLB.com – yesterday, Berkman indicated that not only is he hoping
to return this season, but he’s setting a personal goal to rejoin the team by
the middle of this month.
After a meeting with general manager Jon Daniels, Berkman
has decided that it’s in the best interest of the team for him to return this season. Despite his poor production thus far, the Rangers could use an
experienced bat considering they didn’t acquire one at the trade deadline and since
they are facing the loss of slugger Nelson Cruz to suspension for his
involvement in the Biogenesis incident.
Before he returns, Berkman said he wants to get back to the
point where he doesn’t “need a pinch-runner every time I’m on base.” He added
that “it’s not unrealistic to expect discomfort from here on out, I’ve just got
to manage it.”
Berkman has improved over the past two days, as he hit in
the batting cages Wednesday before joining his team on the field yesterday. He continues
to struggle with running, and he said he was about 50 percent during 60-yard
strides on Thursday. Berkman could feel it in his hip when he attempted to
increase the pace beyond that level.
If he’s able to continue to show improvement from lingering
hip and back ailments, Berkman hopes to begin his rehab assignment between
August 8 and 9. If he’s able to do that, he could rejoin the Rangers right
around the midway point of the month.
These are certainly a lot of ifs for a 37-year-old with bad
knees to go along with the current ailments that have him sidelined.
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