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MLB Injury News:
The Texas Rangers were initially hoping designated hitter
Lance Berkman would avoid a stint on the disabled list due to his hip injury. Then,
when the veteran eventually did hit the DL, Texas was hoping to have him back
when eligible. Now, as Monday, the first day Berkman is eligible to be
activated, approaches, there’s no indication that the slugger will be able to
return, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Sullivan notes that Berkman has not participated in any
baseball-related activities since he last suited up for the Rangers against the
Houston Astros on July 6. He was hoping to take cuts in the team’s indoor
batting cage yesterday, but even so he wouldn’t be on track to rejoin Texas
Berkman indicated to reporters that his inactivity was the
plan. He said he hasn’t “done anything on purposed because I wanted to give it
a chance to calm down.”
Considering he won’t be back in the minimum 15 days, the
Rangers will now consider sending Berkman on a brief minor league rehab
assignment prior to activation. It can’t hurt considering Berkman hasn’t played
in two weeks and prior to hitting the DL he was only hitting .176 over his last
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