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Currently, Lance Berkman is on the disabled list. This is a familiar position for the aging veteran. It's a position that caused him to consider retirement last offseason before ultimately signing with the Texas Rangers. Now that old familiar friend, the thought of retirement, has crept back into Berkman's head.
Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News says Berkman has acknowledged the fact that he might not return from his current injury. Berkman has expressed a desire to return, but the thought of retirement has come up. The thought of shutting things down for the rest of the season, then making a decision in the offseason has come up as well.
“I’ve definitely thought about it,” Berkman said of shutting down for the remainder of the season. “But I haven’t reached any final decisions on it. Hopefully I’ll do the best that I can and help the team. It could also depend on what the team’s needs are. This is an uncertain time of the year for everybody.”
Berkman is on the DL with continued knee problems and a hip problem that has developed as he was working his way back. The Rangers knew this was a risk when they signed the 37-year old. Berkman's troubled knee have plagued him for the last few years. He hasn't played more than 145 games since 2008.
In his career, Berkman has established himself as one of the best switch-hitters all-time. He will not be a likely Hall of Fame candidate, but he's had quite the impressive career. In 15 years, Berkman has hit .294/.407/.538. He has 366 home runs, and he's been to six All-Star Games. The only things that has eluded him is an MVP award, but he's finished top ten in voting six times.
If Berkman cannot return, the Rangers may have to find another bat before the trade deadline. Next week's July 31st non-waiver deadline is closing fast. Texas may not be able to wait for final word on Berkman's future.
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